Leonard Pope

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Leonard Pope
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Pope with the Chiefs in 2010.
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Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-10) September 10, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Americus, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Americus (GA)
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 105
Receiving yards: 982
Touchdowns: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Leonard Pope (born September 9, 1983) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Pope has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Bears.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

After emerging as a redzone target in 2007 with 5 touchdown catches, in 2008 Pope had nine catches total (none for a touchdown).

The Cardinals waived Pope on September 4, 2009.[1]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Pope signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on September 29, 2009. Pope scored four touchdowns during his three seasons with the Chiefs. In 2011, he started ten games, setting career highs in receptions and yards, and tying his career high in average yards per catch. One of his notable plays was during the 2011 Chiefs/Packers game where the Chiefs upset the previously undefeated Packers 19-14. Pope attempted to catch the ball, was tackled and possibly fumbled the ball before he had gone out of bounds. The play was reviewed, and the referees said it was a catch.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Pope signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on April 10, 2012, reuniting him with his longtime coach Todd Haley, who is the Steelers offensive coordinator.[2]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On August 3, 2013, Pope was signed by the Chicago Bears.[3] He was released on August 25.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pope has 4 brothers, four sisters and two daughters (Cheryan and Laila Pope). He attended Americus High School in Americus, Georgia.

Pope saved 6-year-old Bryson Moore from drowning in June 2011.[5]

Pope's nickname is "Champ", and he has a charity foundation also called CHAMP (Creating Hope And Making Progress) to help under-privileged children.


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