Just a night before the 2011 NFL Draft, tornadoes ripped through the state of Alabama and left many without homes. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa was especially hit hard and for New York Giants defensive end, the aftermath was spent trying to get in touch with his younger sister Brittany, who attends the university.
For several hours after the disaster Brittany was without power or able to use her phone, so she was unable to tell her family that she was OK.
“She lives basically a block away from it,” Tuck told the Daily News’ Wednesday according to Ralph Vacchiano. “The tornado was maybe 500 yards away, two blocks away. Luckily for us she was OK. But it was an intense moment. We didn’t know until the next day that she was OK.”
Tuck’s hometown of Kellyton, Alabama is roughly 100 miles from Tuscaloosa and all of his family still there was OK.
With the issue so close to home, Tuck partnered with JP Morgan Chase and World Vision to raise $275,000 to aid families who may have lost homes in the tragedy.
Tuck will personally donate $25,000 to World Vision through his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation, and JP Morgan Chase and World Vision will donate $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.
The lockout has given Tuck an opportunity to fly back to Atlanta and help out; he arrived Thursday but had this to say before departing.
“I plan on doing just about everything I can when I’m down there,” Tuck said. “If that includes rebuilding homes or whatever it may be, I’m game for everything.”
Tuck has always been one to give back to the community. This is yet another example of his generosity.