Pats players from Houston watching, praying as area remains under siege


Pats players from Houston watching, praying as area remains under siege

FOXBORO -- The images from Texas are stark. Flood waters overwhelming roadways, businesses and homes from the coast to well inland. The initial storm surge and the now-remnants of Hurricane Harvey are the culprits, and they continues to dump water on a region that long since couldn’t handle any more. 

The Patriots may be thousands of miles away, but for players from Houston and surrounding areas, this has been difficult to watch.

“There’s some serious flooding going on,” said Cam Fleming, a Texas native. “It’s tragic. It’s a hard thing to deal with. I’m definitely praying for them.”

“Everybody down there right now has been through a lot,” former University of Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts said. “You just hope for the best . . . there is nothing you can really do about it, but what you can do is pray for the area and hope that they’ll be able to rescue the people that are trapped right now and just continue to pray because it ain’t over yet. The storm is still going.”

None of the players we spoke with had family in danger, at least as of this afternoon. Eric Rowe was thankful for that, but still couldn’t get over the devastation.

“My area is not as bad as the downtown area or South Houston,” said Rowe, who was raised 15 or 20 miles north of Houston. “There’s still a little bit of flooding but it’s not as compared to pictures in downtown, where water is going thru the roof . . . Right now, just praying for anyone down there.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the team announced earlier Monday they will match up to $1 million in donations that are made to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. Rowe wasn’t surprised.

“Mr. Kraft is a good guy,” he said. “I see him doing a bunch of charity stuff. He has a good heart . . . just for him to match, I’m sure it’s gladly appreciated.”

Money matters in the day-to-day, as well as in the overall recovery, but so, too, have the efforts of those who have bravely put themselves at risk to help others.

“It’s a very positive area,” said Roberts. “We all come together when stuff like that happens. We’ve been aware of it because we’ve been through it before. At the same time, everyone is coming together to give help where help is needed.”


Tributes to Gil Santos pour in on social media

Tributes to Gil Santos pour in on social media

Gil Santos was as good as it gets in a broadcasting booth.

The entire New England Patriots community is coming together and compiling their favorite memories from his days working with the team.

Current play-by-play Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci has a thread dedicated to Santos.

Many other members of the local media, including former Patriots, have shared their favorite memories of Gil.


Legendary broadcaster Gil Santos passes away at the age of 80

Legendary broadcaster Gil Santos passes away at the age of 80

Legendary Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos passed away today on his birthday at the age of 80.

The long-time voice of the Pats served in the booth for a total of 36 years, mostly alongside former Patriots kicker Gino Cappelletti. Santos also served as the morning sports anchor for WBZ radio.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement on his passing:

Santos was in the booth for 743 Patriots games, 15 playoff runs and 6 Super Bowls. His signature call was of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI, clinching the Patriots' first of five Super Bowl titles. 

He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013, only the second non-player to earn that honor. 

The versatile Santos also called basketball games for the Celtics and Providence College, as well as college football games for Boston College and Penn State. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Gil Santos was born in Acushnet and spent most of his adult life living in the town of Raynham.