Titans linebacker helps save family from burning car

10:46 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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By Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean

Titans linebacker Jonathan Willard reports to training camp with the team on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, he showed up just in time to be a hero.

Willard was on his way from South Carolina to Nashville on Tuesday when encountered a vehicle on Interstate 40 with smoke coming from under its hood. Willard signaled for the driver to pull over, and the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames on the side of the road, he told TigerNet.com, the official web site for Clemson University.

Willard finished his playing career at Clemson last fall.

Willard told the web site he and another passerby pulled the mother, her three young children and dog from the burning vehicle.

"I was just glad that we got the kids and all of them out of the car," he told Tigernet.com. "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."

Willard, signed by the Titans after the NFL Draft, said the victim was extremely grateful for his help.

"She just kept thanking me,'' he said. "That car was just gone. It went up quick."

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