In the wake of severe flooding in the state of Nebraska that has devastated homes, a pair of Huskers NFL alumni are doing their part. Specifically, two NFL stars and teammates are doing what they can to support those who have struggled during the tough times.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, former Nebraska stars Spencer Long and Jeremiah Sirles are spending their off-season hosting dinners for flooding victims, as well as first responders and volunteers. Long and Sirles are both currently with the Buffalo Bills.
The two players both took to Twitter to make the invitation public. Long would later tweet that opportunities for donations would come during or after the dinner.
“Family, friends and neighbors have had their land, livestock, barns and homes ruined,” Long wrote. “One positive thing that’s came out of it, something that has given me a major sense of pride, is how everyone has come together and put others first before themselves in order to lessen the burden of this disaster on those affected.”
ATTN Nebraskans: A special dinner is planned for first responders, law enforcement, volunteers, victims, and the surrounding community. Special thanks to Colfax County for helping set this up. Please check out the details below and spread the word! We are #NEBRASKASTRONG pic.twitter.com/MwWaKKXXuB
— Jeremiah Sirles (@Sirles71_HSKR) March 19, 2019
Long and Sirles both played on Nebraska’s offensive line, and left for the NFL in 2014.
Long wound up being a third-round pick by Washington, while Sirles went undrafted and later signed with the San Diego Chargers to start his career.
This is our first effort, opportunities for donations may follow.
— Spencer Long (@slong_61) March 19, 2019
The flooding has ravaged the state of Nebraska and other Midwest regions, causing billions of dollars in damage and destroying homes and farms in the process.