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Father thanks 49ers draft pick Dre Greenlaw for ‘risking everything’ to save his daughter

Father thanks 49ers draft pick Dre Greenlaw for ‘risking everything’ to save his daughter when someone ‘slipped something in her drink’ at a college party four years ago

  • Dre Greenlaw, the 49ers’ fifth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft, was thanked in a series of tweets on Saturday by the father of a college classmate
  • According to Gerry Dales, Greenlaw attended a ‘kegger’ with his daughter four years earlier at the University of Arkansas when he was still underage
  • It was at the party that someone may have ‘slipped something in her drink’
  • As Dales explained: ‘When that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door,[Greenlaw] stopped the guy and said “she’s not going anywhere”‘
  • As Dales explained, Greenlaw was risking ‘everything’ to protect his daughter: ‘If there was a fight he was risking getting thrown off the team’
  • Because Greenlaw was not 21 at the time of the party, Dales had refrained from publicizing the story, which he shared only after the linebacker was drafted  
  • Dales added a request for fans: ‘Root for Dre. He’s a good kid with a good heart’

Dre Greenlaw, the 49ers’ fifth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft, was thanked in a series of tweets on Saturday by the father of a woman whom the former Arkansas linebacker saved after she was apparently drugged at a college party years earlier

Dre Greenlaw, the San Francisco 49ers’ fifth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft, was thanked in a series of tweets on Saturday by the father of a woman whom the former Arkansas linebacker saved after she was apparently drugged at a college party years earlier.

According to Gerry Dales, Greenlaw attended a ‘kegger’ with his daughter four years earlier, when the now 21-year-old was still underage. It was at the party, Dales explained, that someone may have ‘slipped something in her drink.’

Greenlaw knew Dales’s daughter from Fayetteville (Arkansas) High School, so when he saw her being herded out the front door by an unidentified man who may have drugged her, the then-freshman put a stop to it.

‘Dre was also a freshman,’ Dales began in a series of tweets. ‘And he knew my daughter from high school. And he did *not* know the guy who was all over her.

‘And when that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door, he stopped the guy and said “she’s not going anywhere”.’

According to Gerry Dales (pictured), former Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw attended a 'kegger' with his daughter four years earlier, when the now 21-year-old was still underage. It was at the party, Dales explained, that someone may have 'slipped something in her drink'

According to Gerry Dales (pictured), former Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw attended a ‘kegger’ with his daughter four years earlier, when the now 21-year-old was still underage. It was at the party, Dales explained, that someone may have ‘slipped something in her drink’

As Gerry Dales explained, former Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw wasn't just being a good citizen and friend. He was actually risking 'everything' to protect Dales's daughter

As Gerry Dales explained, former Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw wasn’t just being a good citizen and friend. He was actually risking ‘everything’ to protect Dales’s daughter

Because Greenlaw was not 21 at the time of the party, Dales had refrained from publicizing the story. But, with the NFL hopeful on his way to San Francisco and no longer subject to NCAA penalties, Dales decided to share his appreciation for Greenlaw after he was drafted.

As Dales explained, Greenlaw wasn’t just being a good citizen and friend. He was actually risking ‘everything’ to protect Dales’s daughter.

‘He was a starter on the Razorbacks,’ Dales tweeted. ‘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.

‘And he risked it for my daughter. The guy backed down, and no one saw him again. No one at the party seemed to know who he was, and my daughter and her friends never saw him again.

‘I didn’t ever tell this story, because maybe someone would say ‘oh, he shouldn’t have been at that party.’ Maybe not. But he had my daughter’s back, and for that I will always owe him.

‘So, do me a favor,’ Dales concluded. ‘Root for Dre. He’s a good kid with a good heart.’

Dales retweeted a few of Dales missives, but has yet to comment on the story publicly.

A productive linebacker with the Razorbacks, Greenlaw recorded 321 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions at the NCAA level. The 2015 SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year finished his college career as Arkansas’ defensive captain. 

A productive linebacker with the Razorbacks, Dre Greenlaw (left) recorded 321 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions at the NCAA level. The 2015 SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year finished his college career as Arkansas' defensive captain

A productive linebacker with the Razorbacks, Dre Greenlaw (left) recorded 321 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions at the NCAA level. The 2015 SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year finished his college career as Arkansas’ defensive captain



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