Forget the Bench Press: College Lineman Lifts Car to Save Man's Life

When college athletes make headlines outside of the sports pages, it's usually for less-than-desirable circumstances. If it's not for NCAA violations (here's looking at you, Ohio State football), its for misconduct that has legal repercussions.

Thankfully, this story  has neither. It's a tale of a selfless young man who was at the right place at the right time, and who used his size and strength for good.

University of South Florida offensive guard Danous Estenor was getting out of his car on his way to Bulls Den Cafe when he heard a woman's screams. Her husband, a tow truck driver, was caught beneath the car on which he had been working.

Real-life hero Estenor

21 year-old Estenor said of the moment,“I just see his legs. The car is crushing him. He’s not moving. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, God, this guy is going to die.’ I tried to lift the car, and when I first tried, it didn’t budge. I backed up. I don’t know. But I felt this energy come, and I lifted it. I don’t know how, but somebody pulled him from the car.”

The car, a Cadillac Seville, weighed a mere 3500 pounds. Easy peasy, right?

The manager of the Cafe, who saw the entire situation unfold, wrote a letter about Estenor's deed which she sent to the football team's coach, Skip Holtz. She asked that the letter be read in front of the team.

“I wanted to let you know that Danous is a real hero...I know in my heart that without Danous there, the driver may not have survived the night. His quick thinking, willingness to help and strength saved that man’s life.”

We live in an age where too many individuals are hailed as heroes simply because they have some level of celebrity. This is the kind of story that makes you smile and inexplicably beam with pride. I mean, I don't know Estenor and certainly had nothing to do with his ability to lift a car. But yet, the tale serves as a wonderful reminder that not everyone is motivated by lights and cameras. Sure, this young man will see a lot of them because of his amazing actions, but a desire to make headlines is not what spurred his actions. He simply saw a dire situation, knew had to act, and did so.

File under: Awesome. I wish the best for Danous Estenor in his football career and his life.

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