Former Oregon Duck football star Keanon Lowe hailed as hero on Twitter after tackling gunman at Portland high school

Twitter reacted Friday to the news that the staff member who wrestled a gunman to the ground at Parkrose High School was former University of Oregon football player Keanon Lowe.

Police said a Parkrose High School staffer wrestled a suspected gunman to the ground Friday at the school. They said students are safe and that the suspect has been taken into custody.

Keanon Lowe, former Oregon Ducks star, wrestles suspect to ground amid report of armed gunman near Parkrose HS

Parents and students reported Coach Keanon Lowe, one of Oregon’s most prominent high school and college football players of the past decade, tackled the armed male suspect, who has since been taken into custody.

They could not confirm the identity of the staff member, but parents and students told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the staff member who diffused the situation was Lowe.

Lowe, a stand-out football player at Jesuit High School in Portland and then at University of Oregon in Eugene, is a football and track coach at Parkrose High School.

Lowe was named Defensive Player of the Year in Oregon as a high school student and went on to play four years as a wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks.

Lowe could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Twitter exploded with the news that the man who tackled the gunman was the well-known football star. Accolades came from students, as well as the general public, a former teammate and a Portland comedian.

“From sports hero to actual real life hero,” wrote comedian Ian Karmel. “Beers (protein shakes?) on me!”

“You’re a hero and it’s an honor to call you my friend,” said former teammate and current member of the Detroit Lions, Tyrell Crosby.

Scroll down to read more tweets about Lowe.

Still my favorite @KeanonLowe highlight at Oregon. Celebrating his teammate’s success. Great work today, sir. pic.twitter.com/La5mBrbke4

— Baby-Haver Mike Lee (R) 🍆 (@DerekBortles) May 17, 2019

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