Carolina cornerback Teddy Williams had his left arm briefly go numb Thursday night in the Panthers’ final exhibition, but he was more concerned about his flooded house in Houston and all the people in the city that have been displaced.
Williams said his wife and children left Houston for Charlotte the day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall – a trip that had been pre-planned. But then he found out at 3 a.m. that his house was sustaining damage.
“We actually found out our house had been hit pretty hard based off our alarm system,” Williams said. “So (last) Friday night, when the hurricane hit, it knocked in our back doors and triggered our alarm. So they (the alarm company) called me at 3 in the morning, asking us if everything is OK. We didn’t know. So I checked our surveillance and I saw our doors flapping wide open. Water was just rushing in my house.”
Williams is originally from East Texas and makes his offseason home in Houston. His in-laws and numerous friends still live in the city.
“A lot of my family is down there and there have been a lot of hits,” Williams said. “But there have been a lot of blessings. We haven’t had any tragedies or anything.… We are just trying to keep everyone in our prayers and trying to do everything we can from afar…. The city of Houston is a great city. It’s the fourth-largest city in the country. So to see a city like that struggling the way they are, it’s a huge thing.”
Williams, in his third season with the Panthers, played in only three games last season due to a knee injury. So fans held their breath when Williams – who caused an interception with an effective cornerback blitz – went down later during the game. But Williams said he was OK in the locker room afterward, saying he had suffered a “stinger” – a pinched nerve – and not a concussion.
“Everyone on the sideline was telling me they thought it was my head and my neck,” Williams said. “But when the guys came out, I was trying to get up off the ground but my left arm was just numb. It has loosened up a lot. It feels a lot better now… I’ll be fine.”