QB picks college after bond formed during Parkland shooting

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — A quarterback from 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 a coach and administrator 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 the 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 as a tribute to the 17 victims.

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