NORTH BRADDOCK — Plenty of former Slippery Rock University football players will be in the stands watching Saturday's NCAA Division II semifinal game at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Braddock resident Jaimire Dutrieuille will be among them.
And while he's not playing football anymore, he is still giving back. And fighting back.
“I'm not shocked at all by what he's doing,” said former Rock running back Shamar Greene, Dutrieuille's roommate during their years at The Rock. “He's got a different perspective on life now.”
Dutrieuille played football at SRU from 2012 to 2015. His teams won 36 of 49 games, three division championships, two state titles and reached the NCAA playoffs three times.
On May 28, he nearly lost everything.
“I went over to a friend's house (in North Braddock), waited on the front porch for him and gunfire breaks out,” Dutrieuille said. “His 9-year-old sister was sitting there. All I remember was getting in front of her.”
He woke up in a hospital bed a few days later, having taken bullet wounds to the elbow, buttocks and head while shielding the girl and saving her life.
This is an excerpt from a larger article that was published in Sunday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read our interview with Dutrieuille and his family.