Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Cowboys look to help Oklahoma victims
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys are in the process of finding out ways to help people in Oklahoma affected by tornadoes this week, but for kicker Dan Bailey, the issue hits closer to home.
Bailey grew up in Mustang, Okla., a 10-minute drive from Moore, which was decimated Monday by an EF-5 tornado.
“As of right now, I haven’t really had a chance to touch base with everybody and see what we can do,” Bailey said. “Definitely in the days moving forward, I’m going to see if maybe I can spearhead something and see what we can do to help out in any way we can. Anything they need, I’d be glad to do whatever I can to help out.”
Members of the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs helped victims of a devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., in 2011, clearing debris and helping people salvage belongings.
Dez Bryant, who attended Oklahoma State, also wants to do what he can.
“I wish the best, I hope for the best,” Bryant said. “I’ll keep that in my prayers. I really hope they get through it. Anything I can do or any fellow Oklahoma player in here can help, I’m pretty sure we’ll do it.”
Bailey said a friend’s home suffered damage from the tornado, but all of his friends and loved ones have been accounted for. Growing up he had to deal with several tornadoes, however, none as big as what was experienced Monday.
“It breaks your heart because there’s just nothing you can do,” Bailey said. “All the people who are there, all they can do is sit there and watch. It’s out of everybody’s hands. Like I said, unfortunately, they’ve been through it before, so they know kind of how to deal with it. They’re going to do the best they can and I’m going to see what I can do to help them out.”