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Leonard Pope
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Pope with the Chiefs in 2010.
Free agent
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-10) September 10, 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth: Americus, Georgia
High School: Americus (GA)
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Debuted in 2006 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2006 2008)
Career highlights and awards
* NFC champion (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions     105
Receiving yards     982
Touchdowns     11
Stats at

Leonard Pope (born September 9, 1983) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. 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.

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

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

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

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]


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.[3]

Leonard 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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