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A tip of the leather to Jonathan "Tig" Willard for doing the right thing...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A free agent for the Tennessee Titans is being hailed a hero Tuesday night after he pulled a family and their dog from a burning car.
The dramatic rescue occurred on Interstate 40 as Jonathan "Tig" Willard was on his way from South Carolina to Nashville for training camp.
Willard, a popular linebacker from Clemson, told the university's sports Web site that after he spotted the smoke coming from the woman's vehicle, he immediately began blowing his horn to get the driver's attention.
By the time the driver of the vehicle pulled over, her vehicle was fully engulfed.
Willard and another passerby quickly sprung into action and pulled the mother, her three young children and their 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."
He added the victim was extremely grateful for his help.
"She just kept thanking me. That car was just gone. It went up quick," he said.
Willard was one of Clemson's star linebackers in the last few years.
He signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent after the 2013 NFL draft.