Father Thanks New 49ers Draft Pick Dre Greenlaw for ‘Risking Everything’ to Save His Daughter from Being Potentially Raped at University of Arkansas

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Arkansas defensive back Dre Greenlaw is introduced before playing LSU during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Fayetteville, Ark
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A University of Arkansas football player who was recently drafted to the NFL is being praised for intervening and “risking everything” to prevent a young woman from potentially being raped in college.

On Saturday, Dre Greenlaw was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

That same day, Gerry Dales spoke out on Twitter about a past incident involving his daughter and Greenlaw, who he says stepped in at a college party after an unknown man slipped something into his daughter’s drink and attempted to get her to leave with him.

In the thread of tweets, Dales said he would “always owe” the 21-year-old linebacker for heroically “risking everything” in his collegiate career to save his daughter from the dangerous situation.

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The incident happened when Greenlaw and Dales’ daughter were both underage freshman at the University of Arkansas. Dales said the pair knew each other before college from attending the same high school together.

“My daughter went to a college party when she was freshman,” Dales wrote. “She knew very few people at the party, and also didn’t have a ton of experience drinking. Someone slipped something into her drink when she wasn’t paying attention”

“Dre was also a freshman. And he knew my daughter from high school,” he continued. “And he did *not* know the guy who was all over her.”

When the unknown man attempted to get his daughter to leave the party with him, Dales said Greenlaw “stopped the guy and said, ‘she’s not going anywhere.’” Ultimately, it was enough to make the man leave and never show up to another party again.”

As a Division I collegiate football player, Greenlaw could have been in a lot of trouble for being at the event so Dales said he never spoke out about the incident in an effort to protect the athlete and his career.

“He was a starter on the Razorbacks. His place was not secure. He was underage and at a kegger. He wasn’t drinking, but if there was a fight he was risking getting thrown off the team. In some ways, he was risking everything,” he wrote. “And he risked it for my daughter.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Joelle Goldstein