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Michigan State defensive tackle helps save teen’s life

For some reason, Micajah Reynolds decided not to spend the night at a friend’s house last week.

The Michigan State senior defensive tackle and Lansing Sexton graduate also decided not to take his typical path home.

Those two things wound up helping to save the life of a Lansing teenager last week.

Reynolds was flagged down by a teenager in the early hours on July 31 while driving home on East Saginaw St. in Lansing. The teen had been shot multiple times, including in the head, in what police think was part of a robbery.

“Nobody else was around and he was bleeding pretty badly,” Reynolds said. “I whipped my car around in the middle of the street and jumped out and ran over to him and helped him out. I put pressure on his wounds and stuff. He had been shot in the head. I’ve still got my shirt and all my clothes over at the house that are completely drenched in his blood and stuff. Thank God he made it.”

Reynolds recalled the whole experience Monday during MSU’s annual media day.

“I’m holding him, cradling him and putting pressure and telling him ‘Hey, everything is going to be OK, it’s everything is going to be all right.’ He’s telling me I’m dead and I said ‘You’re not dead, you’re sitting here talking to me. You’re gonna be fine, just hang on, just keep fighting.’ I felt like I was spotting someone on the bench and being like ‘Man, you can do it. Just relax and keep going. You got it and all that.’ Thankfully he made it.  I haven’t really spoken to the family since I’ve been in camp and stuff. He was stable and everything the last time I checked.”

The experience put things into perspective for Reynolds.

“I didn’t sleep for a couple days just because it made me consider life is delicate,” Reynolds said. “Life is so delicate. You don’t think about things like that happening until it’s happened. Just thinking I was like what if my son would’ve been in that situation? Would somebody else have stopped? Thankfully he made it and everything, but it makes you consider and be thankful and so grateful for everything that you’re given.

“I’m truly blessed to be here and in this situation that I’m in right now playing college football at the highest level. There’s so many people that I know who didn’t make it out of where they were. I think I owe it to everybody that helped me get here to do my best and go as hard as I can. This stuff isn’t something that I get back. Life isn’t something that you get back.  My goal in this camp has been to go as hard as I can. Even the first couple practices, I’ve never been so tired and so sore after practice. I think it’s just because I’ve been trying to go hard. I can feel my body breaking down just so it can be built back up and be stronger for the games.”

Check for more on this story on the LSJ site Tuesday.

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17 Responses to Michigan State defensive tackle helps save teen’s life

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Shows a lot of character great kid

  2. avatar Spartan J says:

    Spartans do! I would expect nothing less from a Michigan State Spartan.
    Good members of Society. Good Citizens.
    Well done Micajah.

  3. avatar LeeBee says:

    We are blessed he is here.

  4. avatar Jane Meddaugh says:

    Micajah, you not only saved that young mans life, you saved a Mother the despair of incurable lifelong grief. A Mother never recovers from losing a child. I know. She will thank you forever.

  5. avatar Mar Latimer says:

    Just what I would expect from a fellow Big Red . That is showing class!

  6. avatar LORA says:

    U ARE A BRAVE INDIVIDUAL MICJAH…NOT TO MENTION AN UP STANDING CITIZEN AS WELL. THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE OF THIS IN THE WORLD..U MADE A VERY GOOD POINT THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT AND THAT WAS “WHAT IF IT WERE THERE CHILD OR LOVED ONE”? GOD LEAD U TO THAT YOUNG MAN FOR A REASON THAT NITE…AND IT WAS A BLESSING THAT HE DID. GOOD FOR U FOR SUCH A COURAGEOUS ACT…WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO THINK TWICE….YES IM SURE A SITUATION LIKE THAT CAN BE SCARY….BUT THIS YOUNG MAN IS ALIVE TODAY….AND MOST LIKLY WOULD HAVE NOT MADE IT! ONE EXCEPTIONAL DEED INDEED!!!! MAY GOD BLESS U,HIM AND HIS FAMILY!

  7. avatar Lou says:

    You are a brave person. Bless you for your kindness to another human being.
    What a great example you’ve set for everyone!

  8. avatar Etta says:

    On behalf of all parents and all Spartans, thank you!

  9. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    what a hero. if this had happened in ann robber it would have been national front page news. but since it was a true spartan the story hasn’t made it out of lansing. not even the detroit rags have picked it up.

  10. avatar Jody Mack says:

    great story. Micah this overshadow anything athletic. This is and should be what life is all about. Helping a fellow human being. I am sure your family and Boggan and the Big Red are smiling. You made a difference. You are all ready an all American IMO. All former Spartans are proud of you. Thank you

  11. avatar tj says:

    This is the character of a true Spartan Nation man. Family first Dantanio preaches- Mr. Reynolds is my family and I am his. God bless him.

  12. avatar Vimal says:

    Buckeye fan here and this is a great story.

  13. avatar Luke says:

    This is an example of humanity at its finest, and I am so happy that those who wear the Green and White are people we can genuinely be proud of for the values and wotk ethic they display on behalf of our university.

  14. avatar Connie Gonzalez says:

    I am proud to hear that a former Sexton student represents himself and everyone associated with him in a time of great need….well done, Micajah!

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