Update: Strangers still thank football star who stopped gun-wielding student
August 2nd, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Update: Strangers still thank football star who stopped gun-wielding student

Kaleb Eulls says he didn't do anything special, but others still think of him as a hero.

It’s been nearly two years since the high school football star tackled a gun-wielding girl on a bus of students on the way to school in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Eulls, a senior at the time, was one of the oldest kids on the bus when the girl started pacing the aisle, shouting and pointing the gun, threatening to shoot.

Rewind: Football star tackles girl with gun on school bus

Eulls says he was just doing what was right when he lunged at the girl and tackled her to the ground, wrestling the gun from her hands. He was hailed as a hero and made the rounds on the talk-show circuit, dutifully answering questions with “yes ma’ams” and “no sirs” but not exactly relishing the spotlight.

The attention gradually faded, and he went about his life. He graduated from Yazoo City High School in 2010 and entered Mississippi State University on a football scholarship.

Now a rising sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle has his hands full with school and team practice. The 20-year-old says he hopes to go pro one day but he's studying for a “backup” career in finance.

Others aren’t so quick to forget a good tale of heroism. People still approach him about it, and the Oprah Winfrey Network reportedly interviewed him for an upcoming show.

“I get people who thank me and said what a great job I did; some want to know what happened,” he said. “I’m the same person I always was, but people recognize me more.”

He still speaks humbly about the incident and responds to questions with “yes ma'am” or “no ma’am.” He rejects attempts to attribute greater meaning to the incident or credit it with changing his life.

Well, except for one thing maybe.

“It taught me to expect the unexpected because you never think anything special or crazy is going to happen to you. But it does sometimes,” he says.

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  1. Dyin Dunn

    He is part of the solution, not part of the problem. Trouble is, a large % of black American looks at Rappers" as heros.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      So true. He should be looked up to as a role model for young men. He's polite, humble and realistic enough to not just depend on football to make it in life. Great job to his parents, or whoever raised such a great kid!!!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omar

      Actually not true. Too bad your generalizations filter is not working as you might be better able to educate people on something instead of painting with a broad brush. This kid did a wonderful thing and you want to minimize it to make yourself feel like a big person. Go back into your hole.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin Conklin

    If I had the cash I'd Give this fine young man a free education. I bet he'll get a scholarship. May God grant everything he wants to achieve in life.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. GhettoSusan

    Who would've thought the kid would be black? What a surprise...

    August 3, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      Ya how many strangers do you greet on your way to work each day. Gerk.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Why does it matter what race his is? Hes a polite and educated young man, no matter the race. People like you are whats wrong with the world today.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Shut up, GhettoSusan.
    You're part of the problem....

    August 3, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO )

    Kaleb Eulls seems to be nothing less than a hero. No doubt he spared many lives with his own life,
    It's not just the students lives he saved. But spared the grief of all the families that could of had very sad days. He gives hope to the world, that there is more to life than feeling threatened. If anything, law enforcement has a friend in Kaleb. He was in the right place, at the right time.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    You're a good guy. Keep up the good work.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sharon McNeal

    I am now retired but am very proud to say that I was Kaleb's English teacher. However, he graduated from Yazoo COUNTY hIgh school, home of the Panthers!!

    August 9, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
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