I posted my own take on what the NFL’s “image problem” is just last week and in that post I wrote about how the perception of the NFL’s image will only change when the media and the NFL look for the good, positive stories. Stories that demonstrate that there is so much more than just the trouble-making players sprinkling the news coverage.
Well here is one of those stories.
Tennessee rookie linebacker, and former Clemson Tiger, Jonathan “Tig” Willard, was driving down Interstate 40 in east Tennessee when he saw smoke coming from a car ahead of him. He honked at the car trying to get it to the side of the road. When the car finally was pulled over, flames had consumed much of the car (according to reports). With the help of another passerby, Willard pulled the mother, her three children and their dog out of the car to safety. According to Willard, the car exploded a couple minutes after the family had been moved to safety.
While I know this is a very brief synopsis of the story, the story courtesy of WKRN-TV Nashville can be found here.
Willard was an undrafted free-agent following this past April’s NFL draft. Like most undrafted free-agents, he has an uphill climb as he fights for a roster spot this preseason. In the meantime though, it’s good to see an NFL player in the news for the right reasons.