Much like he did on the football field last fall, Naperville Central junior wide receiver/defensive back Michael Kozlow just read the play and reacted.
On a recent Monday morning, Kozlow was heading out to his 6 a.m. weightlifting session at school when he saw an elderly man standing in his neighbor's driveway.
Kozlow picks up the story from there.
"I saw this older man at the end of the neighbor's driveway across the street, and I really wasn't sure if he was homeless or just lost. I got into my car and the closer I looked I saw that he had no coat on. I drove across the street and rolled down the window and asked him if he was OK. He really didn't say anything, and I could tell something was wrong. He then said something like, 'I need help,' so I got out of the car and walked over to him. It was freezing and he wanted to get into my car but just couldn't really move. So I picked him up and put him in my car and called 911."
Within minutes it was determined that the 91-year-old man was suffering from dementia. He walked from his house -- two blocks away-- before making it to the driveway across the street from the Kozlow's home.
The elderly man was home within minutes back in his warm home and his family. The family remains grateful and is calling Kozlow their hero.
So is Kozlow a hero?
"I just did what I hope anyone else would have done in that same situation," he said.
Kozlow did what he's done a thousand times on the football field: He just made the right read and reacted.