Ex-NFLer Watches, via Twitter, as Teens Trash Home
Rounds up list of 200 names, invites them back
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway stands in front of his rural vacation home Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Stephentown, NY.   (AP Photo/Michael Hill)

(Newser) – A Labor Day party at an ex-NFLer's Stephentown, New York, vacation home turned into a real mess, as hundreds of partying high-schoolers smashed windows, punched holes in walls, and graffitied the place, the AP reports. But it wasn't just that Brian Holloway was upset by the $20,000 in damage; his main concern was that he wasn't invited. His 19-year-old son spotted tweets about the party and told Holloway, who watched it unfold—by way of tweets and Twitter photos—from his Florida home; one photo showed people standing on a table that the former Patriots offensive lineman bought with his Super Bowl XX bonus. And the kids weren't exactly secretive: The New York Daily News reports that some spray-painted their names on walls; others tweeted invites to the Aug. 31 party a full five days before it happened.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, "It's not hard to identify who they were," says Holloway. "We've got 170 tweets. We have 200 to 220 names already confirmed today. And that data is all going to the sheriffs." That's not the only place the data is going: He has also been posting it to a website dubbed helpmesave300, in an effort to get the teens to come forward, take responsibility, and adjust their behavior. He also wants them to come back, only this time it's to clean up. "I believe that they can be turned around," he explains, per Fox Sports, which has photos from the party and its aftermath. "If we do nothing regarding these 300 students, we will have missed our chance to take a stand for their future."

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Chatsworth
Sep 20, 2013 5:19 AM CDT
I'll never understand why some young people are so destructive of someone's else's property nowadays.That really sucks and is a real crime.
TJeff1514
Sep 19, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
There is a side note to the story that the Daily Snooze didn't cover. I don't live to far from Stephentown & this is from a local paper. Tons of kids trashing your house is bad but this makes me sad for him because he looks like a good guy. Albany Times Union Newspaper by Chris Churchill:"Brian Holloway walks slowly, his legs as stiff as boards. His knees are bad, and he needs a hip replacement. He has two torn rotator cuffs. Most alarmingly, he's forgetful and occasionally slurs his speech — a consequence, he believes, of repeated concussions. Holloway played football for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders. The game gave him much, but it took his health. He wouldn't recommend that anyone, your children included, play the brutally violent sport that dominated much of his life. "I believe that within 10 years there will be no more youth contact football," Holloway said. "And there shouldn't be." I first wrote about Holloway for Sunday's newspaper after 300 teens from around the region threw a big party at his house in Stephentown, in rural Rensselaer County. The teens broke in and trashed the place while Holloway was in Florida, where he spends most of his time."............I love NFL football but these guys pay a price.
scum1
Sep 19, 2013 5:44 PM CDT
Doesn't this guy have insurance on his "Vacation Home". Why is he looking for donations when he actually has a vacation home. Most people don't. Why didn't he call the cops right away? Gotta wonder?