Panthers' Jeremy Shockey Saves Life of Teammate Ben Hartsock

By Dan Parzych

Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey has proven to be a hero numerous times on the football field during his time with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints. On Monday, Shockey became a hero off the field by saving the life of one of his teammates–tight end Ben Hartsock.

According to Brad Biggs of the National Football Post, Shockey rescued Hartsock after he had a piece of pork tenderloin stuck in his throat during lunch on Monday. Hartsock’s agent Mike McCartney told Biggs that the tight end couldn’t breath after heading into the bathroom and Shockey saved his life by giving him the Heimlich Maneuver.

Here’s what McCartney had to say about the situation courtesy of Biggs’ article:

“He started to go to the bathroom and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” McCartney said. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then, Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was really scary.”

“Ben told me Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich Maneuver and saved my life. He was in good spirits and he’s real thankful for Shockey.”

The Heimlich Maneuver can be difficult to perform and not everyone is capable of performing it–so thank goodness Shockey knew what he was doing and he was in the right place at the right time to help Hartsock.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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