Former University of Oregon football player Keanon Lowe tackled an armed student to save potential tragedy.
Keanon Lowe was a football player at Oregon and went on to work for coach Chip Kelly as an assistant coach/offensive analyst on the Eagles and 49ers staffs. He is currently the football coach at Parkrose High School in Portland. He may have saved students’ lives on Friday.
Lowe tackled a student who had a gun on the school campus, gaining control of him before any shots were fired and keeping him until police arrived on scene, leading to authorities calling him a hero.
“When I signed up to be a Security Guard, Football and Track & Field Coach for Parkrose High School, I did so to guide and coach young people whose shoes I had once been in,” Lowe posted on Twitter today. “I had no idea, that I would one day have to put my life on the line like I did yesterday for my students. When confronted with the test the universe presented me with, I didn’t see any other choice but to act. Thank God, I passed. I’ve spent the last 24 hours being more appreciative of my family and realizing we have a serious problem. I’m blessed to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I’m not sure what’s next, I haven’t had the time to really think about it. But I am sure I want to be a part of the solution to school gun violence. Thank you Portland Police for your help.”
On the field, Lowe has been above the line as well while coaching at Parkrose High. The football team made the state playoffs this past season, Lowe’s first as the head coach. The team went winless the year before.