Former college football player takes bullets in school shooting while protecting students

A former Southern Illinois defensive lineman is being hailed as a hero on Friday, as he put himself in danger to protect the lives of his students.

Jason Seaman, who played for the Salukis from 2007-10, was shot three times in a school shooting Friday in Noblesville, Indiana, including once in the abdomen. Seaman -- a science teacher Noblesville West Middle School -- released a written statement Friday evening (via the Indianapolis Star).

"First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care," Seaman said. "I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."

Seaman's brother, Jeremy, spoke with the Indianapolis Star about Jason's actions Friday morning. 

"It's not surprising, to be honest," Jason Seaman said of his brother's heroics. "He's not really ever been the person to run away. When the safety of the kids is at hand, it's not surprising to me that he was going to do what he had to do."

A male student left class Friday morning, returned, and opened fire inside a classroom, injuring Seaman and a 13-year-old female student. Seaman reportedly tackled the gunman during the attack, preventing further injures. The gunman was taken into custody Friday morning.

A native of Mahomet, Illinois, Seaman is a married father of two -- a young boy and a one-month-old daughter, according to report. He received academic honors from the Missouri Valley Football Conference throughout his career with the Salukis.

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, while also hosting on ESPNU on SiriusXM Radio channel 84, the... Full Bio

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