WATCH | Coach who confronted TJ Lane on SI cover

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The coach at Chardon High School who confronted shooter T.J. Lane is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

The article, "Do You Remember Chardon?" written by Gary Smith tells the story of Frank Hall, an assistant football coach at the school.

When Hall confronted Lane that day on February 27, 2012, six students had already been shot. Three of them -- Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, and Russell King -- would die of their injuries.

Hall has been hailed as a hero for his efforts that day. By chasing Lane out of the school, he is credited for saving other teens from being shot.

Hall is now the head football coach of Lakeside High in Ashtabula.

Below are excerpts from the SI article provided by the magazine in a release: 

Smith takes readers through that frightful day in a small town 30 miles outside Cleveland, and the journey of the community and its reluctant hero since the tragedy. "In a flash, Frank had determined that attack was the best defense, the only way to be who Frank Ray Hall always had been: the protector." (PAGE 74)

The community's gratitude for Hall, who was known around school as Mr. Tickle, was overwhelming-as was the grief that overtook him. He was racked with intense and debilitating remorse. Smith says, "The day after a man does the most selfless thing a human being can do, and then doubles down by rejecting a flood of national media requests ... his mind begins to devour him for what he couldn't do. You should've spotted that kid beforehand....You should've done more...." (PAGE 76)

The toxic drip in his mind didn't stop until a trip last summer with his wife and four adopted children ( to the USS Intrepid in New York City. A movie on the historic vessel described how a World War II attack on the ship that killed 69 men was the worst day in the Intrepid's history, and the best day since the survivors saved the ship and helped turn the tide of the war. Smith writes, "That's just what happened at Chardon, it struck him. We got attacked, but we didn't let that kid pull us apart or break us down. It was our worst day, and our best day." (PAGE 78) 


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