Bears guard Kyle Long is not surprised that his former Oregon teammate Keanon Lowe is hailed as a hero after attacking an armed man in a high school classroom.
"You never know what you'll read when you see someone's name in a headline," Long told ChicagoBears.com. "But when I saw it, I knew it was a good thing."
Lowe, a wide receiver in Oregon from 2010-14, is a football and track coach at Parkrose High School near Portland. Last Friday, he approached an 18-year-old male student who had entered a classroom with a shotgun. When the agents arrived, Lowe had subdued the man without anyone getting hurt.
According to reports, police arrested Ángel Granados Dias in connection with the incident. He has been charged with possession of a firearm in a public building, trying to unload a firearm in a school, reckless danger and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place.
It is horrifying to imagine what could have happened if Lowe had not acted as quickly and decisively as he did.
"He's always been a team player and that's the best team player play," Long said. "I am very proud of him and very happy that everyone is well, it is really unfortunate what is happening around the country with school violence, there is no place for that, we hope that something will be resolved, the country is very lucky to have to guys like Keanon Lowe in [schools]. "
Lowe sent three tweets about Saturday's incident, writing:
"When I signed up to be a Safety Guard, Football and Athletic Trainer at Parkrose High School, I did it to guide and train young people in whose shoes I had once been. I had no idea that one day I would have to put my life on the line like I did yesterday for my students.
"When I faced the test presented to me by the universe, I saw no other option than to act. Thank God, I passed. I have spent the last 24 hours appreciating my family and realizing that we have a serious problem.
"I am lucky to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I'm not sure what's next, I have not had time to really think about it. But I am sure that I want to be part of the solution to school violence with firearms. Thank you."
For a long time he played only one year in Oregon, teaming with Lowe in 2012. Lowe appeared in 43 games in four seasons with the Ducks, catching 68 passes for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"He was a great teammate and a very good player," Long said. "One thing that caught my attention was that he was a tough guy; A good guy but hard. "