When you take an NFL player off of the field, he can easily become something of an impromptu super hero, no doubt. These guys possess the size, the strength and the heart to stand up to pretty much anything that might give any regular human problems.
Sure you can be a complete scumbag and steal a woman’s phone in the train station (unless you’re this girl), but if 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is anywhere in the vicinity, you aren’t going to get very far.
Even a rookie on the Tennessee Titans who has yet to prove anything in the league can be of help in dire situations. Jonathan Willard, out of Clemson University, signed with the team as an undrafted rookie. Now he’s saving families out of burning cars on the side of the freeway. Woah.
According to ESPN, the former ACC star encountered the troubled family while on the way to training camp on Interstate 40 in Tennessee. He spoke with TigerNet.com and revealed this about the fateful moments leading up to the rescue.
“I saw this car in front of me, and it had all kinds of black smoke coming out of it,” said Willard. “I tried to speed up and get up next to the car to let them know the car was on fire.”
Inside was a family consisting of a mother, three children and a dog. Willard knew he had to act quick as he showed off some true courage and grit.
“When she pulled over, the car was really on fire at that point,” Willard told TigerNet.com. “The driver, she acted like she was in some kind of daze or something. She told me that she didn’t stop because she didn’t think it was her car that was on fire. Another guy stopped, and we managed to get the kids and the dog out and get them to safety, and then I finally got the woman out.”
Amazing heroism by such an unheralded guy. A lot of these NFL players should really think about being citizen aids either during the offseason or when they retire. We could use their strength and courage on a day to day basis for sure. Salud!