Monday, May 25, 2009 | 1:42 p.m.
New Orleans Saint Jeremy Shockey was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Sunday afternoon after he collapsed by the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The 2002 Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year was taken to hospital after apparently partying a little too hard at the resort’s popular Sunday afternoon pool party, Rehab.
The 28-year-old tight end had reportedly been drinking with other NFL players prior to his collapse.
Shockey was taken to hospital after he was found unconscious at approximately 2 p.m. Attending paramedics had to use a stretcher to remove the 250-pound, 6-foot-5-inch football player.
New Orleans Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said the four-time Pro Bowl player was simply dehydrated and has since been released from hospital and is doing fine.
The Hard Rock Hotel did not immediately return calls to comment.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.