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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.

Leonard Pope
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Pope with the Chiefs in 2010.
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Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1983-09-10) September 10, 1983 (age 36)
Americus, Georgia
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Americus (GA)
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:982
Receiving touchdowns:11
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Pope has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Bears.


Professional careerEdit

Arizona CardinalsEdit

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

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

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

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 SteelersEdit

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 BearsEdit

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

Personal lifeEdit

Pope has four 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.


  1. ^ "Cards TE Pope among 21 released as club reaches 53-man roster". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 4, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Steelers sign tight end Leonard Pope to one-year deal
  3. ^ Associated Press (August 3, 2013). "Bears sign TE Leonard Pope, waive Brody Eldridge". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 25, 2013). "Bears waive 14 players; roster now stands at 76". Chicago Bears. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Leonard Pope to the rescue

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