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College football players rescue a woman from drowning in her car

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Iowa State football players save woman from sinking car

It's always refreshing to hear about athletes contributing mightily to their communities. And that's exactly what five current and former Iowa State football players did earlier this month while on spring break in Texas.

22-year-old Luisa Maria Castro was trapped inside a car that was sinking into the Laguna Madre Bay. Josh Jahles, a current Cyclones football player, spotted the incident and alerted his group of friends to go and help out.

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"That car completely sank in less than a minute and if not for them jumping into the water and pulling the driver out, she would most certainly have drowned," officer Michael Schiltz told the Des Moines Register.

In the photo above, tweeted by an account affiliated with Iowa State, you can see the injuries the players sustained while punching out the car windows.

Along with Jahles, current teammates Jack Spreen, Spencer Benton and Anthony Lazard, were part of the rescue, as well as former players Matt Swoyer and Joe Doran.

Via the Register, here are more details of the incredible act:

[Lazard, Spreen and Doran] fought to break her loose, punching at the vehicle's front window. She kicked at it. Nothing seemed to work.

"I was getting worried that we were going to watch this girl drown to death, because no matter how hard we were hitting it, it wasn't cracking or spidering for a while," Lazard said.

Castro managed to break a small hole in the front windshield, and the three men took it from there. They created a large enough gap to pull her out.


The woman said that she struggled to even express the amount of gratitude she thought was necessary.

"Even when I messaged them, I still felt that the words or what I was saying to them to thank them and how grateful I was -- it just felt like that wasn't enough."

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#25 Dabo Swinney — $3.31 million

School: Clemson

Conference: ACC

School Salary: $3.30 million

Other Pay: $5,200

Potential Bonus: $1.13 million

Championships (conference/national)*: 1/0

One thing to know: Swinney is in line for a big pay day after guiding the Tigers to undefeated regular season and the No. 1 ranking for most of the season.

Entering the 2015 season

 (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

#24 Jim Mora — $3.35 million

School: UCLA 

Conference: Pac-12

School Salary: $3.35 million

Other Pay: $0

Potential Bonus: $0.93 million

Championships (conference/national): 0/0

One thing to know: After reports that he was interested in returning to the NFL prior to the season, Mora was quick to shoot those down, saying, "You know how those guys are. Sometimes they just make stuff up, and throw it out there, and see if it sticks."

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

#23 Chris Petersen — $3.40 million

School: Washington

Conference: Pac-12

School Salary: $3.40 million

Other Pay: $2,940

Potential Bonus: $1.18 million

Championships (conference/national): 5/0

One thing to know: Washington lured Peterson away from Boise State in 2013 by making him the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12, a distinction he still holds. Earlier this season, Peterson returned to Boise to face the Broncos, something he called "awkward."

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

#22 Butch Jones — $3.63 million

School: Tennessee

Conference: SEC

School Salary: $3.61 million

Other Pay: $23,000

Potential Bonus: $1.00 million

Championships (conference/national): 4/0

One thing to know: Despite already being under contract through 2018, the Vols gave Jones an extension at the end of the 2014 season that now has him under contract through 2020.

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#21 Mike Gundy — $3.65 million

School: Oklahoma State

Conference: Big 12

School Salary: $3.65 million

Other Pay: not reported

Potential Bonus: $0.55 million

Championships (conference/national): 1/0

One thing to know: Mike Gundy is still a coach at Oklahoma State, but he's not 40 anymore (he's 48).

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

#20 Mark Dantonio — $3.67 million

School: Michigan State

Conference: Big Ten

School Salary: $3.67 million

Other Pay: $0

Potential Bonus: $0.65 million

Championships (conference/national): 2/0

One thing to know: Despite all his success and a championship contender this season, Dantonio is just the fifth-highest-paid coach in the Big Ten.

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#19 Gary Patterson — $3.94 million

School: Texas Christian

Conference: Big 12

School Salary: $3.94 million

Other Pay: not reported

Potential Bonus: not reported

Championships (conference/national): 6/0

One thing to know: When Patterson took over TCU in 2000, they were in the WAC conference. Since then, they have moved to Conference USA, the Mountain West, and now into an annual championship contender as a member of one of the lucrative Power-5 conferences, the Big 12. 

 (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

#18 Bret Bielema — $3.96 million

School: Arkansas

Conference: SEC

School Salary: $3.95 million

Other Pay: $6,500

Potential Bonus: $1.00 million

Championships (conference/national): 3/0

One thing to know: Bielema averaged 10 wins per year at Wisconsin. In his first two seasons at Arkansas he averaged five wins. Despite that, Arkansas gave him an extension prior to this season that will go through the 2020 season.

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