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Oregon Ducks Lineman Saves Man Choking on a Piece of Meat at Lawry's 'Beef Bowl'

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Even though the Rose Bowl game isn't for a few days, Oregon Duck lineman Mark Asper has already saved the day in Los Angeles: he performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a man choking on a piece of meat at the Lawry's "Beef Bowl" last night.

The "Beef Bowl" is an annual tradition for the two teams that face off at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day (or January 2 — as is the case this year). The Oregon Ducks were dining with their Rose Bowl rivals, the Wisconsin Badgers. The father of an Oregon senior Paul Diamond was giving off a sign that he was choking, the Los Angeles Times reported. A restaurant chef stepped in and tried to pat him on the back, but that wasn't working.

"He looked like he was struggling with it," Asper told reporters, "so I stood up and patted him on the back and said, 'If you don't know what you're doing, I do, because I'm an Eagle Scout.

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He gave the man a test heave to make sure that he wouldn't break any ribs, and then he performed the full-blown Heimlich Maneuver. A piece of Lawry's meat popped out. Diamond went back to feasting on the meat, but he took smaller bites.