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Donte Greene Saves Woman's Life in Memorial Day Boating Accident

May 27, 2009 – 4:00 PM
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Will Brinson

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Donte Greene probably isn't considered an on-court "hero." That's okay, because this Memorial Day, the Twitter-happy Sacramento Kings forward was a straight-up stud, rescuing a young lady from a potentially fatal boating situation.

Apparently, Donte and a few of his friends ventured to American River and, while wrapping up their holiday boating activities, a woman, who was untying the ladder on her boat, fell off the back when the boat was started without her knowing. Donte, realizing she couldn't swim, dove right in and saved her life.
So, I didn't know, I thought she could swim, she couldn't swim, I think I'm a swimmer, I was a lifeguard coming up in high school. So, I guess I just reacted and just jumped in, someone threw her a life preserver and I pulled her in to a boat (someone else's) - almost got run over by one..."
It's not so crazy that this situation unfolded -- it happens a lot on Memorial Day, although I would caution most boat owners to learn the art of swimming first -- insomuch as it is just flat out awesome that Green didn't hesitate, dove right in the water and saved the woman from either drowning or a blunt-force-trauma to the head.

And, of course, he Tweeted about it. But don't let that fool you into thinking this was anything remotely resembling hubris: as he said later in an interview (the same one from above), it was "just instinct." And, man, I'll tell you what; the humility and the bravery that Green flashed throughout this whole process is a prime example of actions by athletes that needs more attention in this world filled with Brett Favre selfish media hogs.

Athletes to the Rescue

    Kings player Donte Greene reportedly jumped into a river and pulled out a woman who couldn't swim during Memorial Day, according to KHTK in Sacramento. The forward said he was a lifeguard in high school and just reacted to the situation. Click through to see some other heroes from the world of sports.

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    On the way out of Hawaii after a Maui Invitational win, Tyler Hansbrough and a pair of other Tar Heels came to the aid of an unconscious man on their airplane. The teammates carried the man to paramedics, who were able to revive him.

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    In October, UFC fighter Goran Reljic saved the lives of two men whose car plummeted into the Adriatic Sea. Reljic dove into the water, broke the windshield and pulled the men out.

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    Tony Romo is well known for being a star quarterback and the boyfriend of singer Jessica Simpson, but for one Texas couple, he's also a knight in shining armor. Returning home after Dallas beat Cleveland last season, Romo pulled over to assist Bill and Sharon White, who were stranded on the side of the road after their car tire blew out.

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    Former college and NFL star Brian Bosworth came to the aid of a woman who crashed her car into a ditch in Canada this past July.

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    On July 3, Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez came to the aid of man choking to death in a Huntington Beach restaurant. "Tony saved my life. There's no doubt," the Chargers fan said.

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    Criminals should think twice before entering the home of Noah Herron. The Packers running back used a post from his bed to foil a burglar in June.

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    A man who tried to extort an acquaintance of Terrell Brandon in February 2008 got more than he bargained for when the former NBA star set a trap for the crook and then snared him with the help of a friend.

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    NASCAR's Dario Franchitti was caught without his pants on, but not without his wits, when a would-be robber surprised him in his home in January 2008. Franchitti, wearing just his boxers, used his car (naturally) to help track down the intruder.

    John Raoux, AP

    Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama and two teammates chased down a man who stole an armful of Wildcats football jerseys from a store in 2006. "I am glad we could help out," Tuitama said.

    Elaine Thompson, AP

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