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USF Lineman Danous Estenor Lifted A Car To Save A Man’s Life

by: JamieD On  Friday, June 24, 2011

Danous Estenor hasn’t made many headlines on the football field during his time at the University of South Florida, but he is making headlines off it.  Lately that hasn’t been a good thing for college football players, but in this instance it couldn’t have been any better.

Although the incident happened back in February, details of how Estenor helped save the life of a man who was trapped under a car have just begun to surface.  As the story goes, Pedro Arzola, a two truck driver, got caught under the rear wheel of a 1990 Cadillac Seville and was screaming for help.  That was when the 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman came to the rescue.

“I just see his legs,” Estenor recalled the situation. “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.” [St. Petersburg Times]

Surprisingly, Arzola escaped with only cuts, bruises and a dislocated shoulder.

Those who have tried to explain how Estenor was able to lift a 3,500 pound car have turned to the phenomenon called “hysterical strength,” which refers to the burst of adrenaline that allows individuals to perform feats of strength far beyond what they are usually capable of.

Estenor has played in only 10 games during his career at USF, but he is healthy and looking to earn a starting spot on the Bulls’ offensive line.  If the South Florida coaches can somehow find a way to get Estenor to exhibit “hysterical strentgh” on a regular basis, he should be a shoo-in to earn a starting gig.

Hat Tip Reader MMR2000 via St. Petersburg Times




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