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Michigan State DT helps save teen’s life after shooting

Micajah Reynolds

Want a palate cleanser from the Johnny Manziel stuff (before we inevitably dive right back in)? Here ya go.

Michigan State defensive lineman Micajah Reynolds is listed as a three-year letterwinner and a projected starter for the Spartans in 2013. He can also add the title of life saver to his list of accomplishments. During Michigan State’s preseason media day on Monday, Reynolds explained how he save a teenagers life just by being at the right place at the right time. Reynolds said he was driving home in the early hours of July 31 when he was flagged down by a teenager. Turns out, the teen had been shot multiple times, including in the head, in what is believed to have been an armed robbery.

That’s when Reynolds took over, putting pressure on wounds and comforting the teen until help arrived.

“Nobody else was around, and he was bleeding pretty badly,” Reynolds said. “I whipped my car around in the middle of the street and jumped out and ran over to him and helped him out. I put pressure on his wounds and stuff. He had been shot in the head. I’ve still got my shirt and all my clothes over at the house that are completely drenched in his blood and stuff. Thank God he made it.

“I’m holding him, cradling him and putting pressure and telling him, ‘Hey, everything is going to be OK, everything is going to be all right.’ He’s telling me, ‘I’m dead,’ and I said, ‘You’re not dead, you’re sitting here talking to me. You’re gonna be fine, just hang on, just keep fighting.’ I felt like I was spotting someone on the bench and being like, ‘Man, you can do it. Just relax and keep going. You got it and all that.’ Thankfully, he made it. I haven’t really spoken to the family since I’ve been in camp and stuff. He was stable and everything the last time I checked.”

It’s a  selfless, heroic act, though one that Reynolds said has made it hard to sleep at night lately. Still, what a story. Well done, Reynolds.

(Photo courtesy: MSU athletics) 

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14 Responses to “Michigan State DT helps save teen’s life after shooting”
  1. tigersfandan says: Aug 6, 2013 8:41 PM


  2. dkhhuey says: Aug 6, 2013 8:54 PM

    Nicely done young man!!! Nicely done!!! You kept your cool, did what was medically necessary, as well as kept the victim calm and thinking positive thoughts! You sir, are a true hero!

  3. be4bama says: Aug 6, 2013 8:55 PM

    Well done young man!!!

  4. tigersfandan says: Aug 6, 2013 9:10 PM

    Also, I’m sure we all wish the victim well in his recovery.

  5. jbeagles23 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:59 PM

    This is the type of story that should make headlines day in and day out

  6. harbourimages says: Aug 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    Kudos from a Michigan Wolverine! Well done, young man!

  7. howintensive says: Aug 7, 2013 2:00 AM

    Best story of the offseason, by far. Well done.

  8. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 7, 2013 8:16 AM

    Thanks Ben. The best sports story of the week. A courageous MSU athlete who did the right thing. Please give us more of these acts of kindness and less Johnny rotten football.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    This is definitely the best story of the week. We could use more of this.

  10. barnesaintnoble says: Aug 7, 2013 11:28 AM

    Where is the national coverage on this? Every single sports media entity should be interviewing this kid live on television. I live in Michigan and haven’t even heard about this locally! We should be hearing about this story so much we should be getting SICK of it. I guess $7,500 for autographs is more important than saving a life.

  11. mountaineer50415 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Very proud of Micajah Reynolds. Must be because of the way he was raised!!! Well done. What a true blessing for his parents and the game of football. Would love to hear more stories like this one.

  12. finfan87 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:46 PM

    The NCAA is now investigating whether any promises were made by the victim of the shooting to pay him back some day for the services he provided, and have warned other players to not do this going forward.

  13. dawglb says: Aug 8, 2013 1:18 AM

    Awesome. Nice to read something positive these days.

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    @finfan87, there’s always one in the crowd.

    Spectacular job, Micajah. It is sad that this is the only forum on which I have heard this story.

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