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.
"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.
This is what a group of heroes look like. Jumped in and saved someone from drowning in their car. God bless. pic.twitter.com/K7AqG64KtQ
— ISU WOPA (@ISUWOPA) March 17, 2016
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."