When a piece of news hits home for an NFL player, the community comes together to support them.
Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone recently revealed that his parents are currently stranded in Israel with a church group due to the deadly conflict in the country.
Following the Lions’ 42-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the 29-year-old Anzalone spoke to The Detroit News about his parents, Sal and Judy Anzalone, who are urgently seeking a way to leave the country. Anzalone expressed, “It’s hard. [It’s] really all I’ve been thinking about.”
According to The Detroit News, Sal and Judy arrived in Israel on October 2 with a tour group from their Baptist congregation, First Naples, based in Naples, Florida.
The church’s pastor, Alan Brumback, shared an update on his Facebook account, reassuring friends and family that the group is safe and “doing well” as of Sunday evening.
Brumback mentioned that the 53-person group has a flight booked out of Tel Aviv scheduled for Thursday morning. Despite the ongoing conflict in the Tel Aviv area, they have cautiously continued with some of their planned activities.
An earlier post from Brumback expressed gratitude for the support they’ve received and conveyed their trust in the Lord to guide them through the situation.
In a now-deleted post on X (formerly known as Twitter), the NFL player shared a video of Congressman Byron Donalds discussing the group’s safety on CNN. Donalds mentioned, “I have 53 members of my constituency who are in Jerusalem right now. Obviously, they are panicked, trying to find their way to get back to America.”
Anzalone tagged President Joe Biden in the X post and implored, “Please get my parents home,” alongside the video of Donalds’ statement.
We join in wishing for a safe return for all those affected by this situation.