Former Southern Illinois defensive lineman Jason Seaman has been released from the hospital, according to multiple reports Saturday.
Seaman, who lettered for SIU 2007-2010, suffered three gunshot wounds after confronting an armed student in his class Friday. After undergoing surgery, he has been released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Seaman, who grew up in Mahomet, Ill., is a seventh grade science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School.
According to the Southern Illinoisian, Seaman was hailed as a hero after a male student, armed with two handguns, opened fire shortly after 9 a.m. Seaman took one shot through his abdomen, one in his hip and one in his forearm, according to a Facebook post by his mother, Kristi J. Hubly Seaman. A 13-year-old female student was in critical but stable condition Saturday afternoon.
Despite being struck by the three bullets, Seaman tackled the shooter.
Praise for Seaman came from numerous sources ranging from his former coaches and teammates to political figures, including President Trump.
"You wonder what happened, and then, it didn't surprise me at all. That's just his personality," former SIU head coach Dale Lennon told Todd Hefferhman of the Southern Illinoisian. "That's who he was. Big tough guy, but this just kinda tells you what kind of person he was."
Former SIU football coach Jerry Kill, who is now the interim athletic director, recruited Seaman.
"Someone asked me if I was surprised by what he did, and I said 'Absolutely not,' he was our type of kid," Kill said in a story posted on SIUSalukis.com "That's what he stood for. He's a great young man and I'm praying for him to be OK. I saw a statistic that more kids are being killed in schools than are dying in the military. This stuff has got to stop."
Seaman's former teammate and current SIU head coach Nick Hill said, "He stepped up as a hero and saved, no telling how many lives, so, it's hard to put into words. It should all be about him and his family. Knowing him, he's not going to want it to be about him, but he'd say that he'd do it all over again, too. It's just the kind of person he is."
Seaman, 29, was a three-sport athlete at Mahomet-Seymour High School. He graduated from SIU in 2011 with an elementary education degree. He is married with two young children.
Seaman released a statement that read: "First of all, thank you to the first responders from Noblesville and Fishers for their immediate action and care," he said. "I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach."
Noblesville, which is about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people and a heavy recruiting area for SIU, according to Hefferman's story. Saluki offensive lineman Josh Podzielinski is from Noblesville, and second team all-conference safety Jeremy Chinn is from nearby Fishers.
A GoFundMe page has been opened by one of Seaman's former students to assist with his medical bills.