Oregon player aids choking man, applies Heimlich

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — A University of Oregon player applied the Heimlich Maneuver on man choking on a piece of food.

The Oregonian reports that (http://is.gd/vSsOq6 ) Oregon tackle Mark Asper performed the maneuver Wednesday at the Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl is a Rose Bowl tradition in which the competing teams try to out-eat each other at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.

It was Oregon’s turn Wednesday. According to eye witnesses, the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Asper sprang into action when the man began choking. Asper performed the maneuver, and a piece of beef flew out of the man’s mouth.

The choking man was identified as Paul Diamond, father of an Oregon student.

Asper says he learned the Heimlich in the Boy Scouts.