Eddy Pineiro may no longer be with the Florida Gators, but he is still a great representative of the school and program.
The former Florida kicker tweeted out that he had received a Police Service Award from the Gainesville Police Department for breaking up an alleged assault between a male and female.
The award states the following, laying out what Pineiro and his father did to prevent the situation.
On October 15th 2017 at 2:21 AM, dispatch advised a male was chasing a female in the area of 1700 SW 37th Street. The investigation concluded that the female was being a victim of dating violence by her boyfriend. She was thrown to the ground, violently punched and choked. Her screams to anyone to help awoke Eddy Pineiro Jr. Eddy looked outside and witnessed the violent crime. Without visitation, he yelled to his father, who was visiting from Miami, and told him he was going to help her. They both ran down three flights of stairs and across the property to intervene. As they were approaching, the female was able to escape the grasp of her attacker and flee. The suspect gave chase and was able to catch her. At the this same time, Eddy Pineiro Jr. caught up and was able to grab the attacker off of the victim. This gave the victim a chance to leave the area without further violence to her. Due to Eddy Pineiro Jr. and Eddy Pineiro Sr.’s selfless acts and extreme bravery, the victim was saved from possible severe injuries or even death. Eddy Pineiro Jr. continued to help with the case and as a result, the suspect is serving jail time for his actions. They are both hereby awarded the Police Service Award.
Everyone please read this! This is a perfect example of why you should never put your hands on a woman! You will go to jail for a long time! Treat women with respect! pic.twitter.com/T0PD37NqXt
— Eddy Piñeiro (@eddypineiro1) January 21, 2018
Pineiro decided to enter the NFL draft after his redshirt junior season. The kicker made 17 of his 18 kicks this season and 24 of his 26 extra point attempts. He also had touchbacks on 39 of his 50 kickoffs this year.