Kaleb Eulls Is a True Hero

Marshall EriksenCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2009

The word "hero" gets tossed around in sports so much that the real meaning has gotten lost. But it is not lost on Kaleb Eulls.

The high school defensive back who has committed to Mississippi State was just taking a nap on the way to school, when his sister woke him up. A girl was holding a gun on the entire bus.

All the time we imagine what we would do in situations that call for heroism. Would we gather our courage and make a move, or would be sit there afraid to do anything? I know I hope I never have to answer that question.

Eulls did have to, and the 18-year-old performed as well as you could script it. After opening the emergency exit and helping the other children off the bus, which included his four sisters and two cousins, he saw the girl look away and he took the opportunity he had been waiting for.

If you watch the video, you can't see Eulls make his move, but what you do see is the girl go down like a sack of potatoes. The gun came loose and Eulls grabbed it. It was the biggest forced fumble of his life.

Now the national media has proclaimed him a hero. In a rare circumstance, an athlete has been bestowed the title appropriately.

It gives me chills thinking about the courage this young man had in making a move, risking his future and his life, to save the lives of 22 other people on that bus. You can talk about athleticism, speed, and strength all you want, but I would take Kaleb Eulls on my team over any other player in the country now.

I want a hero on my team.