Clyde Edwards-Helaire recognized for his selfless act that occurred during victory parade shooting

The former LSU football running back did not hesitate to spring into action during the shooting that marred the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory parade.

Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25)
Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Several Kansas City Chiefs players and coaches responded to the shooting that occurred during their Super Bowl victory parade in selfless ways. Such includes running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Upon hearing gunfire, the former LSU football star shielded a bystander, a teenager named Zach.

Edwards-Helaire's actions were unknown until the boy's mother expressed her gratitude via a Facebook post that is now protected from public view. The Chiefs' running back did not take long to respond.

"Hey Mrs. Penny, Zach was brave for sure!! Sorry the family, and all of Chiefs Kingdom had to experience this. Just wanted to Thank Zach for trusting me and knowing I'll protect him."

Clyde Edwards-Helaire via Facebook

In the wake of his actions, Edwards-Helaire was recognized with The Uvalde Foundation For Kids Heorism Award.

The parade shooting that erupted following a dispute among a few attendees resulted in the death of radio personality Lisa Lopez-Galvan and more than 20 injuries, including several children.

Kansas City police arrested a pair of juveniles who are allegedly responsible for the shooting.

The events that unfolded during the Chiefs parade is another sad reminder of how dangerous American society has become. I'll spare our readers from engaging in another gun control debate, but not without saying that it's alarming how frequently gun violence occurs on U.S. soil.

If there's a silver lining, people like Clyde Edwards-Helaire are among us. The LSU Tigers alum did not hesitate to protect a stranger despite having no information and at the risk of his own safety. If only the Uvalde Police Department were wired the same.

Edwards-Helaire received one carry in Super Bowl LVIII and failed to gain a yard, but he did earn his second NFL championship ring that pairs nicely with his 2019 college football national championship hardware.

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Regardless, LSU football fans are undoubtedly most proud of how the running back acted in the best interest of another person during the parade shooting.