Hurricane Sandy Affected Professional Athletes Too [Photos]

Sports fans often forget that athletes are just human. Last week at this time, Hurricane Sandy‘s indiscriminating path of wreckage began closing in on athletes and fans alike on the Eastern Seaboard, leaving some inconvenienced, others with serious property damage and some fearing for their lives, like New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and Brooklyn Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor. Athletes are not more important than civilians, who in most cases have fewer resources to rebuild. But because warriors of sports are highly compensated physical specimens (even those packing a gut like C.C. Sabathia) capable of performing incredible athletic feats, it’s easy to see them as invincible, impervious to the power of mother nature. That’s definitely not so.

As Sandy seized upon the East, NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL pros shared images of their storm preparations, of harsh weather around them, scenes from powerless houses and the aftermath. Linebacker Mark Herzlich estimated that 90-percent of Giants players were without power as of this past Friday; the Jets were on bye and probably dozens had left the region. Many players and leagues have donated generously to victims from their pockets or through charities, funds that will be vital as the region begins to recover. Here’s Superstorm Sandy through the eyes of the ballers you’re used to watching on TV.

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson and friends stocked up.

Photo: Twitter/@Deseanjackson10

Giants quarterback Eli Manning scoping out the flood damage at in the lobby at his Hoboken, New Jersey building. Also Proof that Eli is just a kid inside a 6′ 4″ frame (with an aptitude for fourth quarter comebacks).

Photo: Twitter/@Jim_ICE

Nets rookie guard Tyshawn Taylor was also stranded in his place in Hoboken. At first he jokingly yearned for his mother and gradually became more panicked.







Eventually he made it to safety in Brooklyn. (You can watch him discuss the ordeal here.) He also tweeted this (Nets teammate Josh Childress called Taylor out for using his words):

Photo: Twitter/@Jim_ICE

Reported the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch about Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka, who lives only a few blocks from Manning:

“We had one foot of water,” said Kiwanuka, who wishes he had evacuated with his young daughter, wife and mother-in-law. “It will be a long cleanup process. The water that came in there was fuel, sewage, all kind of stuff. I don’t look forward to it, but we’re going to have to look into the walls and get all that stuff out of there. We’ll just take it slow and figure it out.” He’s living elsewhere now and isn’t sure when he can return.

The Giants’ uncommonly muscular punter, Steve Weatherford, was among the many to lose power.

Amar’e Stoudemire pointing to his Range Rover. Doesn’t matter what you drive when it’s covered in six feet of s***-riddled water.

Photo: YouTube/StatTv

There’s also a major gas shortage in New York, New Jersey and other parts of the region. Wrote Jets defensive back Royce Adams (on injured reserve since the summer):

Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams wrote:

And later uploaded these images after the storm passed:

Photo: Instagram/dwill8

After a long wait, he emerged victorious.

New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto expressed his gratitude:

Teammate Brad Richards circulated this message from Staten Island that one of his followers sent him:

Richards took this one at the Battery Park tunnel:

Photo: Instagram/brichards_1991

Redskins longsnapper Nick Sundberg, reporting from Washington’s practice field:

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