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Wednesday
Jul242013

NFL Player Rescues Family From Burning Car

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Titans player Jonathan "Tig" Willard pulled a family to safety from a burning car on Tuesday, TigerNet.com reports.

Willard, a free agent with the Titans, was driving on Interstate 40 from South Carolina to the Titans training camp in Tennessee when he saw smoke coming from a car ahead of him.

The football player honked his horn and flashed his lights to get the attention of the female driver, he told TigerNet.com. She had three children and a dog in the car.

“When she pulled over, the car was really on fire at that point,” Willard said. “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.”

After Willard pulled the family to safety, the car was engulfed in flames.

“I was just glad that we got the kids and all of them out of the car,” Willard said. “I was thinking that I was just doing what everybody else would do, but there were cars just going past us and no one else was stopping, so I don’t know if that is what would happen or not."

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