Anthony Thomas rushes to pull man from burning car
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Running back Anthony Thomas of the Chicago Bears helped rescue a man from a burning car.
The 2001 rookie of the year was on his way to visit teammate David Terrell late Sunday when he and his wife, Hayley, saw a smoldering car on the road in unincorporated Lake County.
"The car was smoking at first, but it wasn't really on fire," Thomas said. "But when I got there and I pulled over, it sounded like, 'Boom,' and then a tire popped and a big fire blew out.
"When you see a car fire, you never know if it's going to blow up or not. ... I was trying to get the guy away from the car and get me and my wife away from the car."
No one was injured. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later and extinguished the blaze.
The Bears had a bye Sunday.
"Good time to have a bye week, I guess," Bears Coach Dick Jauron said. "I'm glad I gave him the time off. He was in the right place at the right time."
Terrell spread the word to players and media at team headquarters.
"We've got a superhero on the team now," Terrell said. "He saved a guy's life, and I thought that you all should know that."