Justin Herron, An Athlete and A Samaritan


Last Saturday, 2021-March-20th, Police said a 30-year-old suspect pushed a 71-year-old retired teacher to the ground.

Justin Herron and Murry Rogers intervened.


  1. Justin Herron
    • Poetry
      • “It was something I never dreamed or I thought I would see, you know,” Herron said. “You see it in movies and TV all the time, but you never think it’s going to happen in real life until it does.”
      • “It was 11, in the middle of the day, not one cloud in the sky and in a very open field. The fact it happened there, at that time, was very shocking. In the moment, I wish I could tell you what I was thinking. I just knew someone just needed help. All I could do was just rush myself over there to make sure I could help the victim and make sure I could comfort her and be the best person I can be.”
    • Encounter
      • Herron, who is 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds and set the Wake Forest record with 51 games started in his college career, said his size helped.
      • “I’m a football player, so I’m kind of big,” Herron said. “I try not to be too aggressive with people knowing I could potentially hurt somebody.”
      • “I just knew at that moment that I had to go,” said Herron, who ordered the man to stop and pulled him off the woman.
      • I do have a very loud voice, so all I did was just yell, tell him to get off her, and then yanked him off.
      • And I told him to sit down and wait until the cops come.
    • Reflection
      • “It was heartwarming to see her, but also gut-wrenching to see how she responded to the trauma and how she’s dealing with it,” Herron said. “No one should go through that.”
    • Emotional
      • “She thanked us. She called us her angels,” said Rogers. “I’m a little bit of a crier, so it was very emotional.”
      • Rogers said he was in the park for his daughter’s birthday party and kept the suspect from fleeing while Herron consoled the victim. “It was terrifying to witness,” he said.
  2. Law Enforcement
    • Attack
      • “If not for the swift actions of Mr. Justin Herron and Mr. Murry Rogers, this vicious attack could’ve been much worse,” Tempe Police Detective Natalie Barela said.
    • Empathy
      • Police said the victim has since met with Herron and Rogers and “there was not a dry eye in the room.”



New England Patriots – Offensive Lineman ( Number 21 )


New England Patriots




  1. CNN
    • New England Patriots player saves woman from sexual assault
      • Profile
        • CNN’s Aliysn Camerota speaks to NFL player, Justin Herron, after he helped save a 71-year-old woman from sexual assault in a public park.Source: CNN
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Date Published:- 2021-03-29
          Date Added:- 2021-03-29

Referenced Work

  1. Andy Rose and Travis Caldwell
    • CNN
      • NFL player is credited with saving a retired schoolteacher from a sexual assault
  2. Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill
    • Yahoo Sports
      • NFL: Patriots’ Herron hailed after helping stop attempted sexual assault
  3. Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
    • ESPN
      • New England Patriots’ Justin Herron hailed as a hero by police for helping stop attempted sexual assault

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