Steve Weatherford had a heaven and hell of a ride over the past 24 hours.
On Sunday, the New York Giants punter and his wife, Laura, welcomed their fourth child, Josie Jaclyn Weatherford. Then, after a brief visit with his daughter, Weatherford had to jet from San Diego to Newark Sunday night so he could report for the team's OTAs Monday morning.
The rainstorms that soaked New York and New Jersey Sunday night cancelled Weatherford’s flight, so he hopped a different plan to Washington, D.C., at 11 p.m. From there, the Giants punter rented a car and began driving up I-95 to his Hoboken home.
It broke my heart leaving Baby JJ today, but Dad's got to get to work. Just landed in Newa... https://t.co/OFX4srEOHz pic.twitter.com/bjDE5SLx9F— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) June 1, 2015
But those storms also wreaked havoc on the highways, as Weatherford explained.
“(Three) 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,” Weatherford wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Weatherford added that he called 911 and “the finest Highway Patrol in America, the NJ State Police” came to his rescue and gave him a ride back to Hoboken. Weatherford claims he didn’t get any preferential treatment from the troopers because he’s a Giant — “they didn't even know who I was or what I do.” — and shouted out Officers Adam Brozek and Kim Smith for “ going that extra step” and driving him home.
Later Weatherford counted his blessings after the sequence of events.