BEREA, OH – Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is fighting for the number one job in Berea. But his thoughts and prayers this week have been for his friends and family fighting through the wreckage left by the deadly tornadoes that hit Oklahoma this week.
Weeden spoke for the first time about his in-laws who lived just blocks from the path of one of the most deadly tornadoes in the state’s history.
“It actually went right through my wife’s hometown. Fourth Street, the path they kept talking about, my mother-in-law lives on Main which is about four blocks north of it and my brother-in-law lives two blocks south of it, so it went right over the top of them,” Weeden said.
Weeden, who makes his home in Edmond, Oklahoma, is actually going back home this weekend to help out in any way that he can. Weeden said he is very close with Oklahoma’s Lt. Govenor Todd Lamb and actually texted his friend to tell him he is available to do anything he needs.
“I know it’s tough because there is so much devastation, but just try and do my part,” Weeden said.
His friend, former college teammate and now-pro teammate Josh Cooper is also from Oklahoma. Cooper said his father was actually on Interstate 35 when he saw the tornado approaching. Cooper’s dad works in Moore and got underground in a cellar to wait out the storm.
Cooper, like Weeden, was glued to the television while calling and texting friends and family.
“My heart was hurting pretty good that day. I was checking on all my friends and family to make sure they were safe,” Cooper said.
Weeden said the toughest part about the entire disaster is being so far away from everybody that you care about while it is happening. Weeden said his brother-in-law actually was in the car when he saw the storm, turned around and drove away from it.
“Everybody was kind of helping everybody and we’ll be fine. We get through things like this all the time and Oklahoma is strong, you know,” Cooper said.