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USF lineman helps rescue man by lifting a car

Tampa, FL -- At 6'3" and weighing nearly 300 pounds, Danous Estenor is an imposing figure.

An offensive lineman for the University of South Florida Bulls, it's probably no surprise he is also one of the team's strongest players. It's just no one knew how strong Danous was until he pulled into a parking lot outside the Bulls Den Café this past February on his way to grab a bite to eat.

"As soon as I turned my car off, I just heard this lady scream at the top of her lungs, 'Help! help! help!'" Estenor recently recalled.

Trapped underneath a car was the women's husband, a tow truck operator who was trying to help someone get their Cadillac started before the car lurched forward, dragging the man at least 10 feet. Danous says he knew he couldn't walk away.

"Initially I was thinking I at least have to try to do what I can to get this guy from under the car."

So Danous tried lifting up the car. "After the first attempt, I couldn't even budge it. So I was like, 'Oh man, this guy is going to die right in front of me, and I can't do anything about it.'"

But Danous wasn't deterred, so he tried again with the help of two other men. This time he was successful.

"God works wonders, man. It's not me lifting the Cadillac, God put the energy into me to lift the Caddy."

Marcus Baker likely wouldn't have believed it if he wasn't there to see it for himself.

"I didn't think he was going to be able to do it, and it's one of those older model (cars) ... I was like, 'Wow!'"

Danous' teammates have given him nicknames like Hulk, Hercules and Hero D for his efforts. But the 21-year-old tries to downplay the praise, while happy he was just there to help.

"Whatever you can do to help anybody in any shape or form, just do it." 


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