Tennessee Titans rookie saves family from burning car

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George Zimmerman isn’t the only guy rescuing families from car wrecks this week.

Tennessee Titans rookie Jonathan Willard saved a woman, her three children and a dog from a burning car Tuesday, USA Today reports

The former Clemson linebacker was driving on Interstate 40 headed to the Titans’ training camp when he noticed the car in front of him was smoking. Flashing his lights and honking his horn, Willard was able to get the female driver to pull over.

“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.”

The car went up in flames only moments later.

It’s quick thinking like this that makes Willard such an asset on the football field: Willard led the Clemson Tigers in tackles, tackles for loss, and first hits last season. He signed as a free agent with the Titans following the 2013 NFL Draft.

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