Adam Schefter posted his Tweet of the Day, which was a reminder Joe Delaney died 30 years ago today. Joe Delaney, if you’ll recall was a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season, running for over 1100 yards and winning AFC Rookie of the Year for 1981. He played only two seasons in the NFL before his unfortunate death. With nearly constant news about NFLers committing crimes, Joe Delaney deserves to have his name mentioned because he gave his life for others.
Delaney, despite being unable to swim, attempted to rescue three boys in distress in a man-made pond they decided to use as a swimming hole. Delaney reportedly told another young child at the pond:
I can’t swim good, but I’ve got to save those kids. If I don’t come up, get somebody
Two of the boys drowned as well, the third boy managed to make it into the shallow end. Delaney left behind a widow and three young daughters of his own.
Guys like Hernandez and Josh Brent get the lion’s share of attention. Of course, they are the worst and people thrive off of human disaster. We rarely hear about Delaney today despite his personal heroics. It might be nice to give those heroes a little more attention, instead of the Hernandez types who represents the leagues worst.