Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley has posted a video of him burying his father just days after a tragic explosion occurred at a house the NFLer bought him.
On his Instagram Story, Farley was seen shoveling dirt from his father’s grave and added a moving message.
“I see you on the other side, pop I love you 4L, enjoy the lord and the universe,” the cornerback said.
Robert Farley, 61, died on Monday after the explosion and collapse of the house Caleb had bought him in North Carolina.
Caleb, 24, was filmed at the scene on Tuesday morning and reportedly spoke with authorities, but he was not in the house when the explosion took place.
Caleb Farley (white shirt) posted a video of him burying his recently deceased father on Sunday
Robert Farley (left) was 61 when he died while another person was injured in the blast
These are before and after images of the explosion that took place earlier this week.
Caleb Farley, pictured at the scene after his North Carolina home collapsed
The blast reportedly happened just before midnight and injured another person, but his life is not believed to be in danger.
Her father, Robert, was found as the team searched through the rubble of the building. The tragic death comes almost six years after Caleb’s mother, Robin, died in January 2018 of breast cancer at the age of 53.
Christian Rogers, 25, was found climbing out of the collapsed structure by first responders, according to Kent Greene, director of Iredell County Fire and Emergency Management Services.
Rogers, a family friend, was transported to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with a concussion. He is awake and alert but has not yet been released.
Neighbors were quoted as saying by QCN that they smelled gas at the time of the explosion.
Neighbor Pete Schuerger told WBTV.com, “It was like Armageddon. There was insulation sticking out of the air like snow, bricks in the street hundreds of yards away, pieces of wood. It’s quite devastating to see this big explosion.
“The 6,391 square foot home is a total loss,” Iredell County Emergency Management said in a press release quoted by USA Today.
Authorities have yet to give an official cause for the explosion and an investigation is ongoing.
Caleb Farley’s father Robert died after a house collapsed in North Carolina on Monday – nearly six years after his mother Robin died of cancer when she was just 53.
Caleb sits and surveys the damage and devastation after a shocking accident to his family
A car is seen under the rubble – the explosion has been described as ‘Armageddon’
The extent of the damage was seen Tuesday morning in aerial images of the property.
Photos from the scene show the Mooresville property was reduced to rubble.
Caleb, wearing a purple hoodie, was pictured outside the house on Tuesday. He was seen sitting on a white car as he was deep in thought after the tragedy.
The home was listed for $2 million in 2022 and built in 2016. It had four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Caleb, a native of Maiden, North Carolina, is a Titans cornerback and was drafted in 2021, after playing for Virginia Tech in college.
This isn’t his first encounter with tragedy, and he credits his late mother, Robin, with instilling his faith in God in him.
He told the Titans website, “She filled my heart with God’s love and that’s why I am where I am today.”
In March 2021, Caleb said of his mother’s final days: “It sounds selfish, but she was in so much pain it was hard to sit still. It was so constant – 24/7. It would hurt you. She’s in a better place now because this world is getting bad. She shouldn’t have been here. Every day the world is moving away from God.
Caleb, 24, has previously said his late mother instilled her faith in him.
Farley is recovering from back surgery that prematurely ended his 2022 Titans season
Robert told NFL.Com how he knew Caleb was destined for great things as a child.
“He wasn’t even 2 or 3 when I told my wife he was determined to leave his mark one way or another,” Robert Farley said. “I told him that I hoped it would be positive more than negative, but I knew he was going to leave a mark on this world one way or another. And it would be no small mark. He would be known.
The Titans last played this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings, but Caleb was not on the team to feature. He is recovering from surgery last December for a herniated disc in his back.
Titans running back Derrick Henry said of Caleb on Tuesday morning, “I’m praying for Caleb. He was one of the last in the locker room last night, hanging out.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it, I don’t know all the details. I pray for him, I pray for his family. We all send our condolences. A tragic situation.
Another teammate, Kevin Byard, said: “I texted him this morning to tell him I’m thinking of him. Caleb is a big believer, he has a lot of faith and I told him to lean on his faith as hard as he could.
Caleb’s Titans teammates spoke about being there to support him after his latest tragedy
“I know he also lost his mother at a very young age, he faced a lot of adversity. It’s very tragic.
“As a team, as a brother, all I can do is be there for him. It’s going to be tough. It’s an unimaginable tragedy.
“Last year I lost my mother in a camp and the only advice I can give to anyone going through such a situation is to rely on their faith.
“I felt in a very dark place for a while. Know that God makes no mistakes, however difficult it may seem and however difficult it may be. You have to lean into it, you can fall into a really dark place.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said, “What’s important is that we do everything we can to support Caleb and his family. We will do everything we can.