Like most Oklahoma natives, Roy Williams knows firsthand what a tornado can do to a community.
“It’s mind-blowing. It’s sad,” said Williams, a former Oklahoma Sooner and five-time Pro Bowl safety for the Dallas Cowboys. “Seeing it in person versus watching it on TV is amazing.
“It’s hard. It just hurts. Sometimes, just being a body there and embracing them and hugging them and saying it will be OK is all you can do.”
After visiting the devastation in Moore, Okla., Williams also knows that while Mother Nature can tear down walls, it can’t take away a community’s spirit.
The Pittsburgh Steelers brought the message of youth football safety directly to moms last week during a pair of events at the team’s training facility.
Concussions can happen in an instant.
Changing the culture around them will take longer.
Members of the Carolina Panthers visited Fort Bragg last week to take part in fun games with the children of military families and engage in some serious discussion with the soldiers on base.
It’s a conversation Panthers center Ryan Kalil hopes is going on across the nation.