(UNDATED) On Tuesday afternoon, former Clemson linebacker Johnathan Willard was making his way form South Carolina to Titans training camp in Tennessee. While driving on Interstate 40, the undrafted free agent saw smoke billowing from a moving car ahead of him. His first instinct was to try to help.
"I saw this car in front of me, and it had all kinds of black smoke coming out of it," Willard told TigerNet.com Tuesday evening. "I tried to speed up and get up next to the car to let them know the car was on fire."
When Willard caught up to the car he saw a female driver with three children and a dog. After honking his horn to get her attention, the driver pulled over.
"When she pulled over, the car was really on fire at that point," Willard said. "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."
A short time later, the car went up in flames.
"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.
"She just kept thanking me," Willard continued. "That car was just gone. It went up quick."
Last season with the Tigers, Willard had 95 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery in 12 starts.