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September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Jonathan Willard (46) celebrates beating the Auburn Tigers while wearing the "Old Leather Helmet" at the Georgia Dome. Clemson won 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker pulls family and dog from burning car

When you’re a kid, you look up to your favorite athletes, almost as if they’re super heroes. In reality, they aren’t always super heroes, but every now and then one of them does something quite heroic.

Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Jonathan Willard was on his way to training camp when he saw a car on fire on the side of interstate 40 in Tennessee. When he got to the car he helped pull a woman, her three children and the family dog all to safety.

“When she pulled over, the car was really on fire at that point,” the former Clemson Tiger said via TigerNet. “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.”

“I was just glad that we got the kids and all of them out of the car,” he 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.”

Afterwards, Willard said the family was extremely grateful.

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

Willard is fighting for a roster spot, and we hope he gets one because he is a quality guy.

He tweeted pictures of the event on his twitter, however his account are protected. They’re in this news broadcast below though:

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