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Former NFL player Ziggy Hood is currently an assistant football coach and biology teacher at Palo Duro High School in Texas. While his 10-season, 142-game career in the NFL is quite the accomplishment it doesn’t compare to what he recently managed to help stop at his post-football job.
Hood recently spoke with MyHighPlains.com about how he noticed that a student was struggling a bit. He went over and talked with him in hopes of mentoring the young man and would soon discover the student was potentially planning a school shooting.
“After talking with him for a little bit, trying to explain to him, there’s multiple ways of doing about going about this,” Hood told the outlet. “And one way was not the way which he had planned.”
Authorities were alerted after Hood’s discussion with the student. Shortly thereafter a student was arrested and a weapon was found on the high school grounds.
“Officers Matthews and Pedraza did a wonderful job that day, they protected everybody,” Hood said of the officers on campus. “I’m just glad that he didn’t get hurt, somebody else didn’t get hurt, or multiple people, you know, didn’t get hurt.”
Eric Mims, the head football coach at Palo Duro, credited the training teachers and coaches go through to spot students who may be struggling.
Credit to Hood for taking the time to speak with the student and, in turn, preventing a horrible tragedy. Not every teacher would take the time and effort to speak with a kid they think may be struggling as Hood did.
Hood, who went to Palo Duro High School himself, is a former first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.