Football player LIFTS A FREAKING CAR OFF A GUY and saves his life. Awesome. THAT WAS AWESOME.
WOW. This story is amazing! I love stuff like this. Danous Estenor, a college football linebacker, was in the right place at the right time. He rescued a man trapped underneath a car and lifted all 3,500 lbs BY HIMSELF.
What are the odds of a linebacker showing up RIGHT when you’re stuck under a car? That would be like the milkman showing up right when you pour a bowl of cereal and realize you have no milk left. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN. Here’s an actual journalist explaining it via TampaBay:
Danous Estenor had decided he was too hungry to wait until he got home for dinner, and as he parked his car outside the Bulls Den Cafe on USF’s campus, he heard a woman screaming for help.
Across the parking lot on that Thursday night in February, he saw a frightening scene: a tow truck driver pinned under the rear tire of a 1990 Cadillac Seville that had lurched forward as he worked underneath it, his wife struggling in vain with two men to lift the car.
Anyone could have heard the screams. But fortunately for Pedro Arzola, Estenor is not only a football player at USF, he is one of the strongest ones, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman.
“I just see his legs,” said Estenor, 21, a child of Haitian immigrants from Palm Beach. “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.”
Maria Uribe had been sleeping in the cab of her husband’s truck when she heard Arzola, 34 and a father of four, yelling “Ayudame!” — help me. The scene looked “like a horror movie … a lot of blood,” she said. The Cadillac’s front right tire had run over Arzola’s torso and dragged him about 10 feet.
Somehow he sustained only cuts, bruises and a dislocated shoulder, which was pinned beneath the rear tire. He was back towing cars two weeks later.
“I said, ‘God, bring an angel to my side, help me,’ ” Uribe said. “In Spanish, we say, ‘milagro‘ (miracle). I appreciate (Estenor) doing what he did, saving my husband’s life. If nobody helps me, I don’t know if he is in the room right now.”
Estenor walked away from the scene and into the cafeteria. And as hungry as he’d been, he could barely eat, shaking in disbelief at what had happened.
“The shock of doing that, it’s not an everyday thing you do,” he said.
That night he told his roommates, offensive tackles Jamar Bass and Damien Edwards. “Did this really just happen?” he asked. Teammates the next morning didn’t believe him. But one day after spring practice, coach Skip Holtz asked Estenor to stand in front of the team.
“I wanted to let you know that Danous is a real hero,” began the letter written by Jodi Rivera, manager of the Bulls Den Cafe, and read by Holtz. The letter closed with, “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.”
“Unbelievable story,” Holtz said last week. “What a phenomenal story. Not all of us can lift a car. I’d be over there going (strains, laughing), ‘Um, call the ambulance.’ And Danous just walked away? I can totally see that. Just humble, quiet, keeps to himself.”
How could Estenor lift a Cadillac that weighs roughly 3,500 pounds?
The phenomenon is called hysterical strength, a burst of adrenaline that allows people to perform feats far beyond their normal physical limitations. USF’s strength and conditioning coach, Mike Golden, said Estenor can bench-press 405 pounds but few people even of his size and strength could do what he did.
“He’s just a good, hard-nosed, country-strong kind of kid,” Golden said Thursday. “Danous has that extra little strength in him that people don’t just normally walk around with. You could name 100 people — I mean NFL people — and ask them to walk over to a car and pick it up like that, and they couldn’t.
I love stories like this. There really are heroes left, and good samaritans that do the right thing. Pretty neat!