Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is going back to his home state of Oklahoma this weekend to help aid the victims of Monday's devastating tornado.
"I'll do anything, whether it's getting in the rubble and doing whatever, it doesn't matter," said Weeden after Thursday's practice in Berea. "I'll be there to help."
Weeden's wife, Melanie, is from Moore, Oklahoma, which was hit the hardest by the over one mile wide tornado. Her family was uninjured by the storm, but did have some damage to their homes.
"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 and his wife tried frantically to call her family in the moments after the tornado, but were unsuccessful.
"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."
Browns wide receiver Josh Cooper is also from Oklahoma. His father works in Moore, and sought refuge from the storm in an underground shelter. Cooper's heart sunk when he saw the coverage of the storm.
"It was really tough," he said. "My heart was hurting' pretty good that day. I was checking in with my family and friends and hoping they were safe."
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