Members of Brandon Weeden’s family survived Moore, Okla. tornado
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden’s roots are in Oklahoma. So Weeden is heading home to help, according to NFL.com.
His wife, Melanie, has family who live in Moore, where residents are attempting to recover from a tornado that took 24 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
The former Oklahoma State quarterback, who grew up in Edmond, has discussed his plans to take part in relief efforts with Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.
“I’ll do anything, whether it’s getting in the rubble and doing whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Weeden told NFL.com “I’ll be there to help.”
His wife’s family were not injured, but did suffer property damage in the tornado.
“It actually went right through my wife’s hometown,” Weeden said following Thursday’s practice. “Fourth Street, the path they keep talking about, my mother-in-law lives on Main, which is four blocks north of it, and my brother-in-law lives two blocks south of it. It went right over the top of them. Very, very fortunate to have no injuries and everybody’s safe.”
Weeden said he and his wife became very worried when they lost contact with her family as the tornado tore through the town.
“My brother-in-law got in the car and drove away from it,” he said. “My mother-in-law works in the administration building for Moore Public Schools, so she was in a basement, fortunately. Very, very blessed, we got lucky. But being up here, seeing my wife, she was rattled and it was very tough.
“There’s a park, literally there’s two blocks between my brother-in-law and my mother-in-law,” he said. “They said, ‘If you’re at that park, get out of the way.’ It was destroyed. Once we heard it was destroyed, obviously there’s no cellphone service. We couldn’t get hold of them for about an hour. So my wife’s panicked and we’re panicked. It was tough being so far away.
Weeden wasn’t the only Browns player affected by the tornado. The father of wide receiver Josh Cooper was forced into an underground shelter where he avoided injury. Cooper plans to travel to the area to help however he can.