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Chop Chop released from protective custody

July 23, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Daytona Beach Hawgs News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chop Chop, a widely acclaimed mascot, was released late Friday from protective custody of the Daytona Beach Police Department. That was just in time for the National Indoor Football League's semifinal Conference championships Saturday night.

"He's excited to go home and has had his bag packed for some time," said an officer of the property room where the elusive Chop Chop was held for nearly 43 days after being found on the side of a Daytona Beach residential street on June 6.

Black bag and all, the former mascot of the Hawgs, was wheeled out on a cart and then carried to an awaiting vehicle for the trip back to Lakeland where he will be given a complete examination. This will help in deciding if Chop Chop needs some rehabilitation before he can get back to work in March.


Chop was also excited about the September NIFL awards, which will be made at a league meeting, where the best mascot is named from the teams in the league.

Officials of Chop Chop thank the unidentified good Samaritan along side a city street.

The Rome Renegades play at the Cincinnati Marshals for the Atlantic Conference championship and the Tri-Cities Fever travels to the Odessa Roughnecks in the Pacific Conference title game. The winners of these games will meet next weekend for the NIFL championship.

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