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You might not want to shoot at football players, especially if their coach is also a police detective

Oct 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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If you’re a coach who only has to worry about wins and losses, and the occasional complaining parent, then consider yourself lucky. It happened in Newark, N.J., where a Weequahic High School football player was walking home from practice on Tuesday when another student opened fire on him with a .45-caliber handgun. The student fired several shots but missed the player — although a teenage girl was grazed in the leg with a bullet.

The player saw the student later walking a dog, and called his coach, Brian Logan — who also happens to be a Newark police detective. The two tracked down the alleged assailant and police arrested him.

The suspect, who was not identified, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Last November, Logan, a football coach for more than a decade, was profiled in The Star-Ledger for the role he has played in keeping violence on the streets from reaching his players.

Despite this, he said in the article, five of his players have been killed, and a dozen others arrested — at least seven by Logan himself.

And Tuesday’s incident was the third shooting in Newark that night.

While the incident is tragic, it’s good to have a reminder of what some coaches are facing on a day-to-day basis. Guys like Logan are heroes, and we should be thankful they’re out there.

H/T SportsbyBrooks.