Julian Edelman, 31, may have stopped a school shooting.
The Patriot receiver, who was out all a year ago with a busted knee, was alerted to the troubling comment on his Instagram account last month, the New York Times reported.
Edelman instantly thought of the mass shooting about five weeks earlier in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed.
"With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on here?" the 31-year-old told Belson.
Edelman says he's trying to reach out to the user who alerted him to the threat.
Edelman's assistant, Shannen Moen, then called 911. When police arrived at the boy's home, according to the Times, he admitted to posting the threat.
"It's not good enough anymore to disregard comments like those as offhanded", said Don Yee, who is Edelman's agent.
This led to the authorities to calling the local MI police who then went to the residence where the message was posted from.
The detectives called police in MI, who immediately drove to the house where the threatening message originated.
According to Platzer, police traced the message back to a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Michigan.
WDIV reported that the threat was directed at Central Middle School in Port Huron.
"When I told Julian, he was in shock", Moen told The New York Times. "We're going to send him something, a care package, just for his work".
Police found out that the culprit was talking about shooting up the school that he goes to, and he was arrested "for making a false report of a threat of terrorism".
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is beloved in Foxborough for his efforts on the field, but he played the role of real-life hero and may have saved dozens of lives.
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