It's not all bad news. Positive news for the nfl. Rookie jonathan tig willard hasn't played a game for the tennessee titans. He signed as a free agent after the draft. But he's a hero,aving a family... See More
It's not all bad news. Positive news for the nfl. Rookie jonathan tig willard hasn't played a game for the tennessee titans. He signed as a free agent after the draft. But he's a hero,aving a family from their burning car. And abc's john muller has that story for us. Reporter: When former clemson linebacker jonathan tig willard hit the road for tennessee titans training camp. He was focused on saving lines on the field, not lives on the freeway. That's what he thought friday night when he saw a car in flames. The car in front of me started smoking. Reporter: Sherri and her family were on their way to visit her dad when the engine caught fire. Willard pulled up beside her and directed her to pull over. When I rushed to the car, i saw there were three little kids in the backseat. The adrenaline kicked in. I was in go mode. Reporter: Willard and another man, helped pull the mother, three children and pet to safety. It was a god send. It was a miracle they were there. The front end of the car was just about ignited. The tires started popping one by one. It was scary. Reporter: They had no idea their hero was also a professional football player. My boys are completely stoked. My oldest plays football. He's really excited. Reporter: For his part, willard doesn't want to be called a hero. He just wants to play football. I feel like god put me in the right place at the right time because he knew that I would find it in my heart to help out. Reporter: But it's fair to say, he made quite a first impression on his new team. Just about all of the guys came up to me and just said, you know, thank you. Reporter: For "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york.
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