DUDLEY, Mass. — A student-athlete who attends the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people has committed to play football for a Massachusetts college because of the bond he formed with the college’s coaches during the shooting.
Tyler Goodman, a quarterback at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, confirmed to WFXT-TV that he has committed to Nichols College.
Goodman says Nichols, an NCAA Division III school in Dudley, wasn’t one of his top choices but during the Feb. 14 shooting he hid in a room with Nichols dean of admissions Paul Brower and assistant football coach St. Clair Ryan.
Goodman says they “went into father mode and protected us,” and “we kind of formed a bond.”
He hopes to wear No. 17 in college, a tribute to the 17 victims.
Information from: WFXT-TV, http://www.myfoxboston.com