Oregon Duck Performs Heimlich Maneuver at Lawry's Beef Bowl

Oregon Ducks offensive lineman was able to dislodge the piece of meat from the Lawry's the Prime Rib patron

An Oregon offensive lineman performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking man Wednesday night during the Lawry’s Beef Bowl at Lawry’s the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.

Ducks offensive lineman Mark Asper used the emergency technique once he noticed a restaurant patron choking, witnesses said.

"I've never done that before," Asper, a 6-foot-7, 325-pound Eagle Scout, said.

Asper was seated next to a patron when the man began giving the universal sign for choking -- hands clutched to the throat.

"One of the chefs came over and was trying to help him with the Heimlich, but he looked like he was struggling with it," Asper said. "So, I patted him on the back and said, 'You don't know what you're doing, but I do because I am an Eagle Scout."

Asper was able to dislodge the piece of meat from the man's throat.

The choking man returned to his dinner and thanked Asper.

“Last I saw, he was taking smaller bites but still at the plate,” Asper said.

Lawry’s the Prime Rib was holding the first half of its legendary pre-Rose Bowl Game dinner event to honor the Pac-12 Conference champion University of Oregon Ducks football team. Wisconsin players will eat at Lawry's Thursday.

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