California is in the middle of what has been described as “one of the worst disasters in California’s history,” as first responders continue to fight off massive wildfires and rescue those at risk who were unable to escape this disastrous situation. Nearly 2 dozen different fires have swept across various parts of the West Coast state, destroying almost everything in their path.
The death toll rose to 21 people on Wednesday and hundreds of others are still missing. In addition, thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed.
Among the many that have lost their home include NFL legend Cliff Branch, who played as a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders for more than a decade.
Branch contributed to the team’s wins in the Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII—the only Raiders player in his position to achieve all three of the team’s Super Bowl wins. Throughout his professional football career, he set a few records out on the field and to this day, holds a true love and admiration for his team.
Earlier this week, Branch discovered the devastating news about his property.
According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Branch received a phone call from his attorney just before 2:00 AM on Monday, warning him to evacuate immediately. Branch, who has described his own home as a “Raiders Museum,” only had time to grab his three Super Bowl rings and some cash.
The rest of his home team’s memorabilia inside the house was completely destroyed—Super Bowl trophies and several other items that were not specified, but the legend made it clear that, “A lot of great Raider history from the 1970s and 1980s is gone."
Additionally, two of Branch’s three vehicles were demolished.
Despite going through a very tragic situation himself, Branch made headlines again shortly after for helping victims of the Las Vegas shooting, confirmed KTNV. He traveled to Vegas alongside Raiders’ owner Mark Davis to raise money that will go directly towards the victims.
Please continue to pray for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and the California wildfires. In related news, a tragic story surfaced about an elderly couple who was killed during the fire.