President Obama Praises Fallen High School Football Player as Hero

President Obama, Zaevion Dobson

President Obama Praises Fallen High School Football Player as Hero

Zaevion Dobson sacrificed his own life to shield three girls from gunfire.

Published December 21, 2015

Fulton High School football player Zaevion Dobson made headlines this past weekend, throwing himself on top of three girls and shielding them from gunfire, losing his own life in the process on Thursday night in Tennessee.

The 15-year-old's heroism didn't go in vain. Not only did Dobson save the lives of three young women, but he earned the praise of President Obama.

The Commander-in-Chief used Dobson's young life as an example of how all Americans have no excuses for not acting.

Knoxville, Tennessee police believe the shooting was gang-related, though Dobson didn't have any gang ties.

"It speaks of his character [how he died]... not really worried about himself, but worried about other people," his football coach Rob Black told WVLT. "He's a sophomore only and already successful, already leading a life that's contagious that people follow. So very liked by his peers and his teachers and his teammates. And that makes him successful."

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(Photos from left: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Knox County Schools via AP)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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