Auburn

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to Texas af­ter lunch to as­sess the dam­age in their home, where the floors were buck­led by flood­wa­ters and the garage was flooded, de­stroy­ing a car.

Auburn ar­ranged for a ho­tel room Fri­day and Satur­day for the fam­ily. Mar­ion Har­ris said a “mother’s in­stinct” told

her Martin was wor­ried and needed to see them. They were treated to a big per­for­mance.

“We were just com­ing down to kind of get away from all the sad­ness in Port Arthur,” Mar­ion Har­ris said. “We re­ally en­joyed our­selves.”

Port Arthur, a city of about 55,000 res­i­dents, is south­east of Beau­mont. Her­ring’s body was found on Wed­nes­day, and the

funeral home had to use a city dump truck to reach the home.

Quar­ter­back Jar­rett Stid­ham, who is from Stephenville, Texas, also had fam­ily and friends di­rectly af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Harvey. He and other team­mates from Texas spent time praying to­gether dur­ing the week, but Stid­ham also knew what Martin was en­dur­ing was es­pe­cially tough.

“Kam’s gone through a lot this week, more than a lot of peo­ple know,” Stid­ham said. “I can’t even fathom what he’s re­ally go­ing through, just with Port Arthur and his fam­ily. It’s pretty heart­break­ing stuff. He stepped up. He’s been locked in all week re­gard­less of what was hap­pen­ing back home. He stepped up in a big way and I was su­per happy for him.”

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