New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford was involved in an early morning car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, but escaped uninjured.
Weatherford recounted the accident on his Instagram page, saying he totaled his rental car after hydroplaning and slamming into the median around 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday. Even though the crash left him shaken, Weatherford said he felt "so incredibly blessed" that he managed to walk away "without a scratch."
So I've just had a night I will never forget... My morning started with a visit to see my newborn baby girl JJ at the hospital in San Diego. I left the hospital to catch a flight to Newark to join my team today for OTA practices. This is where it gets crazy. All flights into Newark were cancelled due to thunderstorms so my flight had to reroute to DC. We didn't land til 11pm. It was already too late to train or bus to NJ, so I rented a car so I don't miss practice today. 3 hours into my trip at 3:30am I run into a massive body of water on the NJ turnpike, I hydroplane, slam into the median, get blasted in the face by the air bags. My rental is totaled, and I walked out without a scratch. I am feeling so incredibly blessed. Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10 pound baby girl. He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and possibly dying. So, I call 911 and the finest Highway Patrol in America, the NJ State Police come to the rescue and offer me a ride back to Hoboken. These guys didn't do it because they were football fans, they didn't even know who I was or what I do. I'm super proud to have always been a supporter of the NY/NJ Police and Fire Departments. So I want to give a #GIANT thank you to Officer Adam Brozek and his partner Officer Kim Smith for coming to my aid in my time of need, and going that extra step further for driving me 45 miles home. God saved me, and the NJ State Troopers delivered me. Now I'm home shaking like a leaf, trying to pack my bag to go to practice. I'm so thankful to even be walking right now. #GodIsGood #Blessed Thank you again to the NJ State Police! #GodBlessYouBoys
Weatherford was making the late-night drive after his initial travel plans to Giants organized team activities were altered because of bad weather. He was at home in San Diego this week after his wife gave birth to their daughter, and he visited them in the hospital Sunday.
He then tried to hop on a plane to Newark, N.J., only to be told all flights into Newark International Airport were canceled because of thunderstorms. Rerouted to Washington, D.C., Weatherford rented a car to drive the rest of the way. He then drove into a "massive body" of standing water on the turnpike that caused him to lose control of the car. A photo Weatherford posted of the car shows substantial damage to the rear of the vehicle.
After the crash, Weatherford got a ride from New Jersey state troopers to his home in Hoboken, N.J.
"Now I'm home shaking like a leaf, trying to pack my bag to go to practice," Weatherford wrote. "I'm so thankful to even be walking right now."Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times