Like all undrafted rookies, Titans linebacker and former Clemson standout Jonathan Willard has to claw his way onto the roster, a fight that’s about to start during training camp. Surely that was on his mind Tuesday afternoon as he was driving from South Carolina to the Titans camp in Tennessee. Surely, he didn’t expect to see a car slowly being engulfed with thick black smoke in front of him on Interstate 40.
But there he was, in the right place at the right time to save a woman, her three small children, and her dog.
Willard noticed smoke coming from the car, and then sped up to warn the driver before the fire advanced much further. He honked his horn, flashed his lights, but as he told TigerNet (via Eye on Football), the driver seemed to be in a daze. When she finally pulled over, Willard said the car was “really on fire at that point.”
“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.”
As you can see from the picture above, this wasn’t just some roadside overheating. No, this would have ended very badly had Willard not done everything necessary to get the woman’s attention. He tried to shrug it off at first, but noticed other cars whizzing by without stopping.
“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.”