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GULFPORT, Miss. – Tommy Armstrong Jr. had a record-breaking career as a quarterback at the University of Nebraska from 2013 to 2016. But his biggest achievement may have been Monday night, when he rescued a woman from a burning home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Armstrong, 29, was visiting his mother for the Christmas holidays when a fire broke out at the woman’s home at about 7:30 p.m. CST, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

“We’re sitting in her living room and the neighbors’ house bursts in flames,” Armstrong’s wife, Jaylyn Armstrong, tweeted Monday. “We run over and I take care of the young girl who punched the windows out to break free, Tommy and his mom jump into the burning house to pull the remaining people out.”

According to WLOX-TV, Thomas Brown was at home with his wife, their daughter and two grandchildren when the fire started. Gulfport Fire Chief Billy Kelley said the fire was ignited by an electrical outlet overloaded with a space heater.

Brown and his wife were able to escape the fire and he helped his two granddaughters to safety, according to the television station. But the children’s mother remained trapped inside the house.

Tommy Armstrong said instinct kicked in as he sprang into action.

“I saw a bunch of smoke so I just started grabbing bricks and throwing it through the window,” Armstrong told WLOX. “So I crawled in there, grabbed her and got her out. At the end of the day, I was just trying to find her. I’ve known her since I was a little kid.”

Armstrong lived in Gulfport until Hurricane Katrina caused major damage to his mother’s home in 2005, CBS Sports reported. He moved in with his father in Cibolo, Texas, after the storm, according to the news outlet.

Brown has lived at the home for about 52 years, WLOX reported. He said he hopes to restore it.

“It’s kind of stressing, you know. It’s stressing. First time this ever happened to me,” Brown told the television station. “I praise God that we got out of there, you know. No life was lost, although we lost everything else. But we’re still here.”

In the aftermath of his heroics, Armstrong tweeted that “life is too precious.”

“Hug your family extra tight and always tell them how much you appreciate them,” he wrote.

Armstrong spent four seasons at Nebraska, including the final three as the starting quarterback, according to Sports Illustrated. According to Nebraska’s football media guide, he is the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (8,871) and touchdown passes (67).

Armstrong has played professionally in the Alliance of American Football and Indoor Football League for the past four years, Sports Illustrated reported.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Brown family to defray the costs of hospital bills, lodging and school supplies. Two of Brown’s granddaughters were hospitalized, according to the page. Both are in stable condition but the youngest child is awaiting surgery in New Orleans.