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Keanon Lowe

Keanon Lowe

Oregon Ducks football team wide receiver, former high school security guard,track coach, football coach

General information

Keanon Lowe is an Oregon Ducks football team wide receiver, former high school security guard,track coach, football coach, and current UCLA Bruins football offensive analyst. In 2019, he stopped suicidal student, who had entered his Parkrose High School classroom with a loaded shotgun, by hugging him. A Closed-circuit television security camera video of the incident made national news in the United States.

Oregon Ducks Football Career

Lowe was recruited by the Oregon Ducks football team in 2010 Oregon Ducks football team 2010. He was rated a four star recruit by 247Sports Rivals. Lowe red shirted his freshman year and played for the Ducks in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, including in the Ducks' 2015 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

2011 Season

Lowe played in eight games for the Ducks in the 2011 season, in which he played primarily with American football positions special teams. He recorded six solo tackles, two tackle assists, and one forced fumble.

2012 Season

In 2012, Lowe appeared in thirteen games for the Ducks, starting ten. He returned one kickoff against the Cal Bears for 60 yards. He received a total of 22 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in the Ducks' 2013 Fiesta Bowl win against the Kansas State Wildcats.

2013 Season

In 2013, Lowe started nine games in twelve appearances. He received 18 passes for a total of 233 yards and three touchdowns. He also started in the Ducks' win against the Texas Longhorns in the 2013 Alamo Bowl.

2014 Season

In 2014, Lowe started in all of his eleven game appearances. He received 28 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns and was voted one of Oregon's Most Inspirational Players. On January 12, 2015, Lowe caught a pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota to score a 7 yard touchdown in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game, which the Ducks went on to lose 42-20 to the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

2019 Parkrose High School Incident

On May 17, 2019, Lowe subdued 18 year old Angel Granados Dias, who had a loaded shotgun, at Parkrose High School, where he worked as a track and American football coach. Lowe had been searching for Dias after receiving information about a possible threat when he encountered Dias, peacefully disarmed him, and hugged him. It was later discovered that Dias was suicidal and the shotgun was only loaded with one round, which he intended to use to kill himself. A security camera video of the incident was shown on newscasts across the United States. For his actions, Lowe was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Civilian Award and the Portland Police Bureau's Civilian Medal of Heroism. He was also named one of the Heroes of 2019 by Time Magazine. On December 10, 2020, the streaming service Disney+ announced via Twitter that a movie inspired by Lowe was in development. Temporarily titled The Keanon Lowe Project, the producers of the film include Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.

  • Congressional Medal of Honor Civilian Award, awarded in 2020
  • Named one of Time magazine's Heroes of 2019
  • Named one of CNN's Heroes in December 2019
  • Portland Police Bureau Civilian Medal of Heroism



Further Resources


2015 CFP National Championship


Disney is making a movie about Keanon Lowe, the football coach who stopped a potential school shooting

Marika Gerken, CNN


December 11, 2020

Keanon Lowe - Football - University of Oregon Athletics


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