December 13, 2013 2:36 pm ET
Normally Andy Studebaker would have gone about his business.
It was Dec. 3 – a Tuesday, and the only day off for the Colts – and the veteran backup linebacker was running errands with his wife and young daughter.
Then, a stranded motorist caught his eye. Tyler Jones’ car had quit on him.
“I usually don’t stop,” Studebaker said, “but he was a younger kid and looked like he needed help.”
The engine in Jones’ car still was smoking. He didn’t have a cell phone to call for help.
“Sometimes you just know when somebody needs help,” Studebaker said. “Just sort of felt it in my gut.”
Studebaker stopped and helped.
He made arrangements for Jones’ car to get towed to a service station. When Jones’ car couldn’t be immediately repaired, Studebaker drove him home. Then Studebaker drove Jones around so he could finish the errands he was running when his car broke down.
Jones thanked Studebaker for going out of his way to help a stranger. He then reached out to the Colts via Facebook.
“I now know the meaning of true heroism in today’s world,” Jones wrote. “This man literally decided to give up most of his day and time to ensure that I could go about my own day with a few less problems on my plate.
“Even more amazing is that he was with his family and running errands of his own during his personal time when he decided to stop and help me get going and on my way. Thank you again Mr. Studebaker for all the time, effort, money, advice and kind service that you provided for me (on) that cold and dreary day.”
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