Cleveland Browns quarterback and Oklahoma native
“You watch the coverage on TV and you see the pictures, but it was worse than what you see,” Weeden said. “You have to see it to believe it. It was a tough situation for a lot of people. We spent hours down there trying to help several different families. We did as much as we could, and it’s going to take some time, but eventually, it will get there.
“You couldn’t drive anywhere. The traffic was all backed up. We stayed there and went from house to house and asked people if they needed help, if there was anything we could do. We threw on some gloves, got in the rubble and started sorting everything into piles.”
Before the trip, Weeden said experiencing and dealing with tornadoes are part of the challenge of living in central Oklahoma, but this one struck closer to home. Weeden’s mother-in-law and brother-in-law still live in Moore, but were safe from the tornado.
After looking at the destruction left by the tornado that carried winds of more than 200 miles per hour, Weeden felt his mother-in-law and brother-in-law were fortunate to remain out of the storm’s path.
“I flew in late Thursday night and went down Friday morning and first, checked in on my in-laws,” Weeden said. “We worried about them first and kind of cleaned up their area, and then, we went around my brother-in-law’s neighborhood. My mother-in-law got really lucky. She didn’t have much damage. My brother-in-law had some damage.
“Everybody’s safe, fortunately. After seeing it, they got extremely lucky. It split them, just went right between both their houses, and fortunately, they were blessed.”