Brave good Samaritans, including a rookie Tennessee Titans linebacker, jumped into action to save a woman, her children and the family’s dog from a burning car Tuesday on Interstate 40.
Linebacker Jonathan “Tig” Willard saw the flames and heavy smoke coming from the car in front of him as he made his way toward Nashville for the start of training camp, but that’s just the start of the story.
He and another man, Clint Dowty, didn’t just stand by and wait for help, and what they did next is rightfully earning them a lot of praise.
Dowty and Willard, who was signed as a free agent out of Clemson University this spring, each saw trouble with Cheri Hubbard’s SUV.
Hubbard had her three kids and dog, Dutch, in tow when the vehicle started smoking.
Willard sped up and got Hubbard to pull over, then both men jumped into action.
Dowty and Willard started pulling out the kids to safety, along with anything else they could find.
Soon, the entire car was fully engulfed in flames.
Hubbard calls the men real life heroes.
But try telling them that.
And the good deeds didn’t stop there. Another passerby stopped and gave the children juice boxes as they sat beside the interstate, and a second woman handed Hubbard $40. She said someone had given it to her the day prior, and she thought Hubbard would need it more.
Willard led Clemson in tackles last season with 95, starting all of the team’s 12 games. The Titans start training camp practices Thursday.