Remembering a hero, 30 years after his death

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    Remembering a hero, 30 years after his death

    Not Patriots related but should be mentioned everywhere that has to do with the NFL

     

    Thirty years ago today, Chiefs running back Joe Delaney noticed that a trio of young boys had waded into a man-made water hole.  It contained an unknown deep end, and they quickly were in trouble.

    As Frank Deford, then of Sports Illustrated, later explained it, “There were all sorts of people around, but only Joe dashed to the pond.  There was a little boy there.  ‘Can you swim?’ he asked Joe.

    “‘I can’t swim good,’ Joe said, ‘but I’ve got to save those kids.  If I don’t come up, get somebody.’  And he rushed into the water.”

    Delaney saved one of the boys.  Two drowned.  So did Delaney.

    Joe Delaney, who had played only two NFL seasons, was 24.  He left behind a wife and three young girls.

    As a rookie in 1981, Delaney rushed for 1,121 yards.  But he willingly sacrificed a bright future to help save three young strangers.

    Today, Delaney’s tragic yet inspiring story deserves to be remembered.  Tomorrow and beyond, it should never be forgotten.

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    I was just a young kid but remember this like it was yesterday.  A true Hero!

     

     

     
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    Cool documentary on Joe Delany put together by the Chiefs.  Watch it here..

    http://www.kcchiefs.com/media-center/videos/Chiefs-Kingdom-Joe-Delaney/0cb24631-8c8a-41fa-a2ab-ea04fc495990

     

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    Re: Remembering a hero, 30 years after his death

    Very moving.

     

     

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    nice story, and don't get me wrong - but there are prolly some hero's right around the corner from where u live who are deserving of ur accolades - people who aren't celebreties and equally deserving of accolades.

     
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    In response to anonymis' comment:

    nice story, and don't get me wrong - but there are prolly some hero's right around the corner from where u live who are deserving of ur accolades - people who aren't celebreties and equally deserving of accolades.




    Yep, you are right, there sure are.  However, since this is a football forum full of people who do not live in my area I thought it was more appropriate to bring attention to a former football player who died way to young 30 years ago yesterday for the sake of trying to save a couple of children.  Especially since what we have seen lately are players who are getting into trouble.  I thought it would be nice to remind people of the selfless act of former NFL football player Joe Delany.

     
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    nice story, and don't get me wrong - but there are prolly some hero's right around the corner from where u live who are deserving of ur accolades - people who aren't celebreties and equally deserving of accolades.

     




    Yep, you are right, there sure are.  However, since this is a football forum full of people who do not live in my area I thought it was more appropriate to bring attention to a former football player who died way to young 30 years ago yesterday for the sake of trying to save a couple of children.  Especially since what we have seen lately are players who are getting into trouble.  I thought it would be nice to remind people of the selfless act of former NFL football player Joe Delany.

     



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    WHy didn't anyone else rush in to help?  Jesus. 




    I hear ya.  As the story goes, there were others there but he was the only one who went in.  I sure would like to know why they didn't either.

     
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    Re: Remembering a hero, 30 years after his death

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    nice story, and don't get me wrong - but there are prolly some hero's right around the corner from where u live who are deserving of ur accolades - people who aren't celebreties and equally deserving of accolades.

     




    Yep, you are right, there sure are.  However, since this is a football forum full of people who do not live in my area I thought it was more appropriate to bring attention to a former football player who died way to young 30 years ago yesterday for the sake of trying to save a couple of children.  Especially since what we have seen lately are players who are getting into trouble.  I thought it would be nice to remind people of the selfless act of former NFL football player Joe Delany.

     

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    thanks tfb12!  your a class act bro! 

     
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    nice story, and don't get me wrong - but there are prolly some hero's right around the corner from where u live who are deserving of ur accolades - people who aren't celebreties and equally deserving of accolades.

     

     




    Yep, you are right, there sure are.  However, since this is a football forum full of people who do not live in my area I thought it was more appropriate to bring attention to a former football player who died way to young 30 years ago yesterday for the sake of trying to save a couple of children.  Especially since what we have seen lately are players who are getting into trouble.  I thought it would be nice to remind people of the selfless act of former NFL football player Joe Delany.

     

     

     

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    thanks tfb12!  your a class act bro! 

     

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    Thanks, NOISE!

     
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