Giants’ Steve Weatherford survives car wreck on route to OTAs
When the New York Giants convene for their second set of OTAs on Monday, punter Steve Weatherford might not be there. According to his Instagram account, Weatherford survived a serious scare early Monday morning that really puts everything into perspective. A day the started with him watching his wife Laura, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl — Josie Jaclyn Weatherford, ended with an unexpected turn.
Weatherford's plan all along was to take a flight back to Newark on Sunday night so he could be present for the Giants' second set of OTAs Monday morning. That flight was rerouted to Washington D.C. because of storms and didn't arrive until 11:00 PM, Sunday night. Too late to use train or bus services, Weatheford opted to rent a car and make the drive up to the Giants' facility. The roads were bad, and at about 3:30 AM, Weatherford's rental car hit an overflow of water on the New Jersey Turnpike before hydroplaning and crashing into the median. Weatherford managed to walk away completely healthy.
Weatherford was very lucky to survive such a scare, and it might make sense for him to take the day off from OTAs. Having said that, knowing the competitor that he is, it would not shock anyone to see him back on the practice field right away.
(h/t Giants 101)
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So I've just had a night I will never forget… My morning started with a visit to see my newborn baby girl JJ at the hospital in San Diego. I left the hospital to catch a flight to Newark to join my team today for OTA practices. This is where it gets crazy. All flights into Newark were cancelled due to thunderstorms so my flight had to reroute to DC. We didn't land til 11pm. It was already too late to train or bus to NJ, so I rented a car so I don't miss practice today. 3 hours into my trip at 3:30am I run into a massive body of water on the NJ turnpike, I hydroplane, slam into the median, get blasted in the face by the air bags. My rental is totaled, and I walked out without a scratch. I am feeling so incredibly blessed. Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10 pound baby girl. He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and possibly dying. So, I call 911 and the finest Highway Patrol in America, the NJ State Police come to the rescue and offer me a ride back to Hoboken. These guys didn't do it because they were football fans, they didn't even know who I was or what I do. I'm super proud to have always been a supporter of the NY/NJ Police and Fire Departments. So I want to give a #GIANT thank you to Officer Adam Brozek and his partner Officer Kim Smith for coming to my aid in my time of need, and going that extra step further for driving me 45 miles home. God saved me, and the NJ State Troopers delivered me. Now I'm home shaking like a leaf, trying to pack my bag to go to practice. I'm so thankful to even be walking right now. #GodIsGood #Blessed Thank you again to the NJ State Police! #GodBlessYouBoys
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