DAVIE — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Carroo was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a storm that did severe damage to New York and New Jersey, where he lived.
Carroo was a wide receiver at Rutgers in New Jersey.
“It was a pretty horrific hurricane,” Carroo recalled. “A lot of wind. A lot of rain. It really affected New Jersey. It was the first time New Jersey experienced anything like that. It was a pretty sad event.”
Carroo said his parents’ home sustained damage. A neighbor had a tree fall on their home. Nobody in his neighborhood had power for a week. The Rutgers dorms didn’t have power for a week. The Rutgers buildings didn’t have power.
The players missed four days of practice, and had to find a creative way to work out.
Carroo recalled the players lifted weights in a room with no power, lit by lamps running off generators.
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive storm of 2012.
New York and the surrounding metropolitan area sustained significant flooding.
Carroo recalled that the Rutgers players, despite many having damage to their own homes, visited displaced residents in shelters.
“We hung out with these little kids at a gymnasium,” Carroo said. “We hung out with them for a few days. Just play video games and basketball with them. Some football. They really appreciated it. Some of those areas were really badly damaged.”
Carroo wasn’t sure what he was in for with Hurricane Irma.
A few lockers away, Dolphins wide receiver Malcolm Lewis, a standout at the University of Miami whose family lives in Miami Gardens, said he wasn’t worried.
“We don’t leave,” Lewis said. “We board up and ride it out.”
Said Carroo: “Right now I have no idea what the hurricane is going to be like but I’m up on the fourth floor so I should be all right. I’m just praying for those who don’t have a place to stay.”