08/30/2011 05:06 EDT | Updated 10/30/2011 05:12 EDT

Panthers' Jeremy Shockey performs Heimlich after teammate Hartsock chokes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jeremy Shockey has come to the rescue of Panthers teammate Ben Hartsock by performing the Heimlich manoeuvr at the team's cafeteria at Bank of America Stadium.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon after Hartsock began choking on a piece of meat. Hartsock says he signalled for help when he couldn't breathe, and after one teammate was unable to perform the Heimlich, Shockey took over and succeeded.

Hartsock joked about the incident Tuesday, saying "we had to call in the reliever and that was Jeremy Shockey. Don't let the tattoos fool you, he's a good Samaritan. He knows how to administer the Heimlich."

Shockey declined to discuss the incident.