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Ex-linebacker tackles suspect outside Minnesota store

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Aug 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

ROGERS, MN (AP) - A former college linebacker has put his football skills to use in tackling a robbery suspect outside a Rogers convenience store.

Thirty-eight-year-old John Daiker was getting gas at the SuperAmerica Tuesday night when he saw a teen ''obviously up to no good.''

Daiker pulled his van up to the store to block a door and then yelled at another customer to call police.

It was then that Daiker saw the suspect had a gun. Daiker put the teen in a headlock until police arrived.

Daiker was a defensive end at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. He tells the Star Tribune ((http://bit.ly/RVKuTt) that ''This is what it's like getting the quarterback, pretty good.''

Rogers Police Chief Jeffrey Beahen says while no shots were fired, police advise against citizens taking such risks.

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