Eddie Lacy was born in Gretna, La., which lies across the Mississippi River, from uptown New Orleans, the city in which Lacy grew up. New Orleans is also one of the main cities affected by the unforgettable Hurricane Katrina. Lacy recently took part in a one-on-one interview with packers.com Editor Vic Ketchman. In this interview Lacy discussed, not only being an NFL rookie, but also what it was like to live through the destruction that was brought by Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina hit New Orleans in the last week of August 2005. Eddie Lacy would have been only 15 years old at the time of this massive storm. In the interview with Ketchman, he reveals that his personality was affected most by this trial in his life, saying:
The worst effect it had on me was, before the hurricane, I had pretty much an open personality. I laugh and joke 24/7; I’m pretty much like a big kid, for the most part. Whenever you see me I’m always laughing or joking; no matter how my day was I’m playing around. Playing is what I like to do. After the hurricane, having to switch schools and live in different places, that part of my life for three years, my personality pretty much left. I was quiet. I would go to class and do what I had to do, go to football practice. But when that was over, I would go home. I would just pretty much go straight to my room and just sit in my room the whole time.
Not only does Hurricane Katrina rank in the top five of the most deadliest hurricanes, but it is also the most costly natural disaster in the history of the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center, Katrina cost more than $125 billion, which is nearly twice as much as Hurricane Sandy.
It is possible to measure the destruction of a natural disaster by looking at statistics such as those mentioned above, but it is impossible to measure the emotional and physical pain, that events such as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy, have on people.
It is easy to look at professional athletes and forget that they are more than just superstars, or highly paid entertainers. It is easy to look at Eddie Lacy and see an NFL rookie dripping with superstar potential, who was one yard short of his first 100-yard rushing game, without realizing that they too, can be, and are affected by the same things that many of us, “average Joes” go through.
If we are honest, it is hard to watch a football game and realize that the players we are watching are more than football players, they’re people. This interview with Eddie Lacy, forces fans to realize that.