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Duck O-lineman saves man from choking with Heimlich Maneuver

The job of Oregon’s offensive line is to protect the Ducks’ playmakers -- guys like Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.

Mark Asper (pictured, left) took it a step further than that.

At the traditional Lawry’s Beef Bowl Wednesday night -- a Rose Bowl tradition in which the opposing teams compete in an eating contest at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills -- Asper was enjoying his dinner with his teammates (it was Oregon’s night at Lawry’s).

Then, according to Adam Jude of the Eugene Register-Guard, who was at the restaurant, a man at the restaurant began choking on his food. After an unsuccessful attempt by the man’s son to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, Asper went over to assist. Channeling his inner Eagle Scout, Asper was able to save the man, Paul Diamond, whose son goes to UO.

“I was afraid I was going to break his ribs,” Asper said.

You can view a video of Asper’s interview of the incident HERE.