Despite having a rough history with his former teacher, this NFL linebacker is being praised for coming to her rescue when she was in trouble.

Martha Isbell had been all dressed up and on her way to Easter mass on Sunday when she got a flat tire on a highway in Lake View, South Carolina.

Luckily for her, 23-year-old Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts was driving by just as her tire popped.

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As fate would have it, Isbell had been Leonard’s high school biology teacher. She admitted to the Indianapolis Star that she had been harsh on Leonard’s back in the day – but regardless of his antics as the class clown, she has always been fond of her former student.

“I was glad to see him because I knew I was safe with him there,” Isbell told The Star. “He knew it was me. If I had been a complete stranger, he still would have done it anyway. He cares enough to help anyone.”

Despite the “pitiful” state of her car jack, Isbell says that Leonard was quick to change the tire and careful to make sure that the tool had done its job.

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The high school teacher says she is particularly grateful for Leonard’s actions because she has been taking care of her father, who is currently battle stage 4 cancer, according to WXIN.

If the compassionate linebacker had not shown up when he did, her father may have been forced to make his way to Isbell’s car.

So not only did Leonard save Isbell’s father the trip, he also made sure that she was in time for Easter mass.

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