A former Gators quarterback is in the news Monday, and it’s not for getting drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.

In three seasons at Florida, Eric Kresser backed up notable UF quarterbacks Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel before ultimately transferring to Marshall for his senior season.

Kresser was in Huntington, West Virginia, over the weekend for the reunion of the Thundering Herd’s 1996 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team, and he left having saved a man’s life.

As Tim Stephens of the Herald-Dispatch writes:

James Cameron fell to the floor and was turning blue when Kresser revived him before an ambulance arrived.

“I thought he was just getting his breath,” said Kresser, who lives with wife Jenna in Jupiter, Florida. “Someone touched his shoulder and he didn’t respond. Then I touched his shoulder and he didn’t respond. I thought he was gone and he probably was. We got him on his back and he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, so I performed CPR.”

As a teacher and football coach, Kresser is required to be certified in CPR, but he said he had never put the training in practice until Saturday.

“I just did what I was taught to do,” Kresser said. “The kids I teach don’t want to go to their CPR class. They’d rather play basketball or something. Maybe this will help them understand how important it is.”

Read Stephens’ full story here. 

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