Clemson's Willard Helps Rescue Family


By Sports Department

(WOLO) -- Former Clemson linebacker Jonathan "Tig" Willard helped rescue a family from a burning car Tuesday.

The Tigers' leading tackler from last season was on his way to Nashville to start his first NFL training camp with the Tennessee Titans.

The undrafted free agent noticed smoke coming from a car in front of him on I-40. By flashing his lights and honking his horn, Willard was able to get the smoking car's driver to pull over to the side of the road.

The Loris, S.C. native and another man who had stopped to help then got the driver, her three young children and a dog out of the car and to safety. Less than three minutes after that, Willard told WPDE-TV, the car was engulfed in flames.

"Football is good for me - I love doing it," Willard said. "But I know that there's more to life than just football. Today helped me see that aspect more."

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