OXNARD, Calif.—Growing up in South Florida, hurricane threats are a fairly routine part of life. Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey experienced plenty of that while growing up in Jupiter, and he confidently rode out Hurricane Irma in his newly bought home there.
“I was pretty calm,” he said after practice Wednesday. “I’ve survived however many hurricanes and I didn’t think this was the one that was gonna take me down.”
Parkey’s journey took him out of the area the past few years as he kicked for Auburn, followed by stints with the Colts, Eagles and Browns, then surprisingly ended up with Miami last week. The Browns waived him at the roster cut deadline, and the Dolphins liked him enough to put in a claim and let go of Andrew Franks.
That sequence was a dream come true for someone who grew up rooting for the team and just got a house in Jupiter. Parkey’s place, incidentally, became the family bunker during Irma. His wife’s family moved in for the weekend, which was a good chance to catch up considering Parkey had been in Cleveland for so long.
“It was nice to just hang out and enjoy them and soak in what all just happened a few days before when I got signed by the Dolphins,” he said. “It was definitely refreshing, but now it’s time to get to work.”
Parkey stayed in Jupiter until Tuesday, when players were required to report for a team meeting in Oxnard, Calif., where they’re practicing for Sunday’s game at the Chargers.
The hurricane was a minimal event for the Parkeys, who never lost power and binge-watched football all weekend. When it passed, he went out briefly to survey the damage and didn’t find much more than a few downed trees.
“Saturday night I woke up to some winds that were probably 70-80 miles per hour, but I went back to sleep,” he said. “That was really it… We got lucky.”
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