At 6-foot-3, 295 pounds, University of South Florida offensive lineman Danous Estenor is a powerful guy on the football field. But his size and strength came in handy outside of the game recently. He saw a tow truck driver trapped under the rear tire of a 1990 Cadillac Seville that had lurched forward as he worked underneath it, and his wife with two other men were struggling to lift the car to bring the driver to safety.
The 21-year-old football player saw that the tow truck driver's legs were being crushed and worried that if he didn't help, the man would die. Rushing to the scene, he tried once to no avail, but then attempting a second time, he claims he felt an energy rush over him and he was able to lift the car. The man trapped underneath was free, having only just come out of the incident with cuts, bruises, and a dislocated shoulder, which was pinned beneath the rear tire.
Sounds like a movie, right?
This amazing show of strength sounds like something you only see in action movies. Is Estenor ACTUALLY a superhero?? But no, really, what he did was incredible, and he deserves major recognition for it.
Athletes -- college-level or professional -- get pats on the back all the time for their victories in the game. They save a team from flailing with a winning goal, and they're deemed heroes. I'm sure Estenor is a star for USF. But I think it's even more amazing that he has used his strength to help someone in need. What Estenor did for the tow truck driver illustrated genuine heroism. Saving one's team from a loss is awesome, but Estenor actually saved this man's life. Color me impressed. Instead of the juiced up and philandering ones, it would be awesome to see more truly heroic athletes like Estenor.
What do you think of Estenor's courageous story?
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