By now, many have heard the story of former Oregon football player Keanon Lowe.
A wide receiver from 2010-14, Lowe is now a security guard at Parkrose High in the Portland, Oregon, area. On Friday, he made national headlines when he stopped a potential school shooting.
Lowe was in a classroom when a student came through the door with a shotgun. Lowe lunged toward the student and wrestled the gun away from him before any shots were fired, preventing anybody from being injured or killed.
In an interview with The Athletic before Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors — Portland star Damian Lillard invited Lowe to the game — Lowe discussed how a piece of advice from Nebraska head coach Scott Frost helped him make such a heroic choice.
Lowe played for the Ducks while Frost was on the coaching staff and had him for part of his career as his wide receivers coach and then later as the offensive coordinator.
“Coach Frost told us that if you haven’t already made up your mind what you would do in an emergency situation, then you are going to be too slow and you are not going to help the situation,” Lowe told the site. “It’s going to happen too fast.”
Later, he added, “I don’t know about the word 'hero.' To me, this was one of those things in life where maybe my whole life I’ve been getting prepared, without me knowing it, for this moment right here. For me not to hesitate and me not to crack under pressure and be there not only for those students who were scared for their lives but also for the student himself in that situation.”
The whole story is very much worth a read.