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To many in Texas and Oklahoma, Barry Switzer was already an icon, but last week, the former Cowboys and Sooners coach became a real-life hero when he rescued a puppy that was left in a hot car.

According to KJRH in Tulsa, Switzer found the Rottweiler in a hot van. The windows in the van were reportedly down, but Switzer still felt bad for the animal and removed it from the vehicle.

But the story didn’t end there. Once he had the pup in his custody, Switzer waited for the owner to return, bought the dog on the spot and took it to the vet for a checkup:

Switzer then posted a picture of himself and the happy, healthy dog — named Stella by Switzer — to his Twitter account:

This isn’t the first time Switzer has taken a stand for an animal. Last year, he said he would match the reward that was being offered for the capture of a person who dragged a dog to death behind a truck.He also invited the dog of Arkansas coach Bret Bielema over for a pool party on Independence Day:

As for Stella, according to KFOR, Switzer later gave her to a family that lost its home in the tornado that devastated the Moore, Okla., area on May 20. Previously, Switzer told the station: “I want some loving family who loves dogs and cares about dogs like I do to be able to have her.”

Switzer then appeared on NFL AM Tuesday, but he wouldn’t take credit for saving the dog’s life: “I don't think I saved the puppy's life,” he said. “I think the puppy had a life, but it wasn't going to be as good as it's life is going to be now.”

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