Raheem Morris was once one of the NFL‘s hottest coaching prospect.
Morris rose through the ranks as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being named the Bucs head coach in 2009.
His three-year run in Tampa didn’t go according to plan and he was eventually fired following the 2011 season.
But Morris didn’t dwell on the firing. He’s since worked his way back through the ranks and is now the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. He’s also yet again a hot head coaching prospect.
Morris can also add another title to his name: hero.
The 46-year-old saved the life of a child drowning in a Las Vegas pool according to a report from ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti.
“Morris was at the Encore Las Vegas with his family when he saw a young boy drowning in the hotel pool. According to Morris’ wife, Nicole, who posted about the situation on her Instagram page Wednesday, the 3-year-old boy had no pulse when he was taken out of the pool by his father and brought over to a lifeguard,” Uggetti reports. “As the lifeguard began performing CPR compressions, Morris said he rushed over to see how he could help.”
Morris then told ESPN that his CPR, AED and first aid training from the Rams kicked into gear.
“I saw people calling 911 so my first question was, where is the AED?” Morris told ESPN. “When I got back, we had a doctor on site that was able to start the compressions. I was able to hand the AED to him, get it open for him, put the pads on the child, and he ended up being OK.
“I’m just thankful I knew what to do,” Raheem Morris said. “You just never know when you’re going to need that stuff.”
Morris enters his third season at the Rams defensive coordinator this year. But with leadership skills like that, it’s clear to see why he’s a highly coveted head coach candidate.