LAKE JACKSON, Texas — Dashcam video of a Texas mom is going viral after her near-perfect tackle of a man she said she caught peeping into her daughter’s bedroom late last year.
The video is blowing up across the internet after the dashcam recording of the Texas mom’s tackle released earlier this week.
Phyllis Pena was coming back from an early morning trip to the store when she said she saw a man in her yard peeking into her 15-year-old mother’s bedroom. Luckily, she said her daughter wasn’t inside
Pena said the man took off and she called the police. Shortly after, Officers in Lake Jackson found the man nearby but he tried to run away.
That’s when Pena stepped in. Literally.
“[My] first instinct was just to make sure he didn’t go any further,” she told Click 2 Houston.
Pena was still outside with her daughter after police had arrived on the scene, and dashcam footage captured by one of the police cruisers shows the Texas mom taking a few steps out of her front yard before wrapping the fleeing man up in a perfect tackle.
The video then shows her daughter run out into the street to hold the man down.
“The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, ‘Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,’” Pena said.
The man they tackled was Zane Hawkins, 19. He has since been jailed and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest. Local police say there could be more charges added.
Pena said she loves her kids and was just making sure she was protecting them.
Online reaction to the Texas mom tackle
Pena’s impeccable form and rock-solid hit has taken the internet by storm, and people have some high praise for her motherly instincts.
the difference between southern moms and all other moms is our tackling prowess pic.twitter.com/FkLeWejIvF
— Alex McDaniel (@AlexMcDaniel) February 11, 2021
Texas moms. Don’t mess with us. pic.twitter.com/M0cFjVauee
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) February 11, 2021
When you get in between a momma bear and her cubs, you get REKT https://t.co/star0fCFBN
— Theresa Giarratano (@T_Giarratano) February 11, 2021
Her form has also gained the attention of sports reporters and NFL scouts.
Feisty. Quick to step downhill and cut off the angle. Plays with controlled energy and good patience. Adequate lateral scrape with average knee bend. Comes to balance and sees what she hits. Strikes body on body and runs feet through contact. Excellent wrap and roll finish. https://t.co/vpK834lzFh
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) February 11, 2021
Tracking the near hip, small strides, profile tackle
That’s Seahawk tackling 👀 https://t.co/fW6Gi4wFzm
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) February 11, 2021
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