Tate Myre — a star junior for the Oxford Wildcats football team — died trying to disarm the gunman during the tragic school shooting on Tuesday … and now, the running back’s peers want to honor his legacy by renaming the stadium after him.
A 15-year-old was taken into custody after 3 students were killed and 8 others were injured in the 5-minute attack … with witnesses claiming the athlete tried to subdue the shooter.
16-year-old Myre was shot in the confrontation and was rushed by a deputy to a local hospital. Unfortunately, Myre succumbed to his injuries in the police car.
Myre’s classmates have been posting about their grief … sharing memorable stories about Tate. One person even launched a Change.org petition, calling on the school to rename Wildcats Stadium in his honor — it currently has more than 55,000 signatures.
Myre was a standout athlete for the Wildcats — he was interested in playing for schools like Michigan State, Texas, Notre Dame, USC, Texas A&M and more.
In his recruitment bio, Myre had goals of playing at the next level.
“I have been in love with football since I was young and always dreamed of playing college football,” he said in his profile. “If I play college football I will be the hardest worker on the field and no matter the situation in the game I will give all my effort.”
Myre appeared to be on his way to making that dream a reality — he recently visited the University of Toledo on a recruitment trip.