Former New York Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins, his wife Tia and their children lost everything in a house fire in Gulf Breeze, Fla. earlier this week.
in one GoFundMe Founded by Robbins family members and her close friend Madrina Ciano, it was revealed that Fred and Tia woke up at 3:30 a.m. to find their house “eating up in flames.” They managed to escape but were unable to save any of their possessions.
Tia and Fred woke up at 3:30 a.m. to find their house on fire. Tia woke up and heard a noise from the roof that sounded like someone was on the roof and it was actually the fire raging in the attic.
By the grace of God they were able to get themselves and their two boys out safely; However, the house is a total loss. They are currently evicted.
As you can imagine, this is devastating. There was no time to grab any valuables, family photos, keepsakes or anything! This traumatic experience will stay with them forever and they have a long journey ahead of them to rebuild everything they have lost.
Currently, GoFundMe is just $40,193 of its $100,000 goal.
Ciano told that later Pensacola News Journal that the Robbins were able to recover their wedding bands and a Super Bowl XLII ring from the rubble, but did not disclose the condition of those items. All else was lost.
“It was 3:30 in the morning. They were in their pajamas. They had to buy a toothbrush and a change of clothes just to get through the first day,” Ciano said. “And it’s a family of four and they’ve lost everything from school clothes to activities the boys enjoy. I know they plucked her wedding ring from the rubble, as did his Super Bowl ring. But overall it’s pretty much a total loss. So imagine the whole story.
“I don’t care if you’re a Super Bowl champion or wealthy, that’s a lot to recover from and there’s going to be a lot of immediate needs. So my intention for the fund was to give them cash flow to meet those needs as they arise.”
Any other memorabilia Fred had from his playing days appear to have been lost as well.
Robbins, a Minnesota Vikings second-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, signed with the Giants in 2004 and spent six years with the team. He was named a Sports Illustrated All-Pro in 2008 and, of course, was a member of the magical Super Bowl XLII team.
After leaving the Giants, Robbins ended his career with the St. Louis Rams.