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By Elizabeth Perkin 2/27/2018

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas quarterback was meeting with two assistant coaches from Nichols College in the football office when, gunfire broke out at his high school in Parkland, Florida. Quarterback Tyler Goodman was asking questions about why he should attend Nichols when the deadly shooting began.

Goodman, the coaches, and several others remained locked in the office until the shooting ended and it was safe to emerge.

A little over a week since the tragedy occurred, Goodman announced that he will be traveling to Dudley, Massachusetts, this fall to play for Nichols.

Goodman sent a letter with his decision to the coaches who hid with him when they heard the weapon that killed and injured his classmates He wrote, “It’s been a hard week. I’ve lost friends and I’ve lost family, but losing them gave me the drive to keep fighting because they’ve fought hard enough for me.” He added, “I want to thank my coaches and my family for sticking by my side through all of the challenges.”

One of the 17 lives taken was that of Aaron Feis, assistant football coach and security guard at the Florida school. Feis was reportedly killed while attempting to shield students from the shooter.

Goodman decided to dedicate his commitment to Nichols College to those killed in the shooting, writing, “This one’s for all 17 people I lost from my home. Also, this one’s for my grandfather who I wish was here to see.”

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