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.”