NFL Running Back Returns to His Hometown to Deal with Water Crisis


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Back in Week 11, Seahawks running back, Thomas Rawls, had a 209-rushing yard day against the San Francisco 49ers. Thomas suffered from a season ending ankle injury in week 14. But with the Season over for Rawls and the Seattle Seahawks, he now has a different mindset as his leg heals. He has tons of friends and family back home, so he vowed to go to Flint and help in the weeks ahead.  He was asked about his physical style and tough mindset, wrote

“I am from Flint, Michigan, where you’ve got to be tough,” Thomas said. “You’ve got be a whole different breed. You’ve got to be different. You’ve got to be uncommon. So that’s where I think a lot of my makeup is.”

“That’s where I grew up at,” Rawls said. “So to know that the water is bad and to know that there’s not a lot being done back in Flint, Michigan, is kind of upsetting. It’s kind of emotional just to know my family and friends and stuff there.”

“One thing that I can control is do what I can do as far as on my end, and that’s going back home, donating, having something around for the city as far as people having free water, stuff like that. Because it’s kind of hard when you can’t even shower in your own shower, when you can’t drink your own water. It’s kind of upsetting to know that I’ve got nieces and nephews, and [their] skin’s breaking out. I’ve got friends, they have kids. It’s already hard in the city just because. But just to add that on your plate, it’s kind of tough.”

“One thing I can tell you about the people in Flint is they’re tough, and they are built for it. And that’s one thing that I just want to display and show my gratitude through them, go back home and do a lot for the city.”

Rawls is finalizing his plans, but he said it was high on his priority list to go back to Flint and pitch in with the crisis. The Detroit lions already agreed to also go and help out with the water crisis in Flint, reported

“I can’t wait to go back home and help out,” Rawls said. “I may even try to dig a well and try to connect it to another city or something. I want to be Superman to my city. I love my city. I don’t want to get emotional about it, but I will go home.”

Rawls said he thankful to be in the position to help his friends and family back at home, wrote