Good Jock Story: NFL Rookie Rescues Family From Burning Car on Way to Training Camp

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An NFL rookie is being called a hero after pulling a family to safety from a burning car Tuesday. Jonathan ‘Tig’ Willard, an undrafted free agent rookie with the Tennessee Titans, and another man pulled a mother, her three children and their dog from their car as it burned on the side of a Tennessee highway Tuesday while driving to Titans training camp. ‘They’re my angels, they’re a Godsend, it was a miracle that they were there,’ Cheri Hubbard told Good Morning America.  

Willard, 23, was about two hours from training camp when he saw a car in front of him smoking, according to reports. ‘I saw this car in front of me, and it had all kinds of black smoke coming out of it,’ Willard told TigerNet, adding ‘I tried to speed up and get up next to the car to let them know the car was on fire.’

The former standout Clemson University linebacker pulled next to the smoking while car frantically blowing his horn and convinced the woman to pull over, he told WKRN. Once on the side of the road, he realized how dire the situation was, he added.

‘I saw three small kids in the back seat,” said Willard. “So I’m thinking, hurry up and get the kids and everybody out.’

Jonathan ‘Tig’ Willard rescues woman, her three kids and their chihuahua from car fire | Mail Online