CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Cornerback Javier Arenas #21 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
If you have some time today, hop on over to the Birmingham News' website to hear a pretty amazing story from Kansas City Chiefs CB Javier Arenas. He was in Alabama when the tornadoes hit last week and survived by staying in his bathtub.
His house is in "practically ground zero" of the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa -- here's a photo taken about the area he was in -- and his experience sounds pretty damn frightening. Here's the video and here's part of what he had to say:
"I was at my house by myself," he said. "We had warnings the week before about the tornadoes but they didn't directly hit, obviously. So to be quite blunt I didn't believe it was going to hit.
"And then the guy was like, 'It's nearly in downtown Tusacaloosa'.
"So I look out my window and see it's at Forest Lake. So I'm looking for about 10 seconds and realized it was coming straight towards where I was at. So I got on the phone with my friend, hid in the tub, and for about a minute and forty five seconds it was the worse sounds you could hear.
"I got it good but I didn't get the heart of it, so to speak. I was real blessed. It was a life-changing experience. It just sounds like a freight train of gun shots hitting your garage, windows breaking and your belongings in places you never imagined they would have been."
"[My house] is still standing," he said. "How lucky I was, the next street over was demolished. Trees and houses not even standing in anymore. The houses across the street aren't standing anymore."
"I gotta keep doing my thing because I have a job to maintain [with the Chiefs] but at the same time my obligation is to help bring my city back because this is my home right now," he said. "This is my second home."
Arenas drove back to Kansas City and picked up some supplies from KC's Alabama Alumni Association and drove back to Tuscaloosa where he was distributing them on Wednesday morning.
Pretty amazing story, especially since he's fine today.