Fred Robbins and family lose everything in Florida house fire

Fred Robbins and family lose everything in Florida house fire

Former Giants star Fred Robbins, his wife Tia and their sons lost nearly all of their possessions in a fire at their home in Gulf Breeze, Florida this week.

Robbins, a former NFL defensive tackle, played six season with the Giants and helped New York win a Super Bowl in 2008, alongside quarterback Eli Manning.

According the Pensacola News Journal, a GoFundMe was created by members of the Robbins family, and family friend Madrina Ciano, who said the Robbins retrieved his Super Bowl ring and Tia’s wedding ring in rubble from the wreckage.

Fred Robbins and his wife Tia in 2010.
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The couple and their kids, according to the information, made it out of the burning home safely. The cause of the fire reportedly remained under investigation as of Wednesday.

“Tia and Fred woke up at 3:30 am to their home engulfed in flames,” the GoFundMe page reads, noting that the fire was “raging in the attic.”

“However, the house is a total loss. They are currently displaced. As you can imagine, this is devastating. There wasn’t time to grab any valuables, family photos, keepsakes, or anything… They had to go buy essentials like toothbrushes and a change a clothes just to make it through day one.”

Robbins during a game in 2008.
Robbins during a game in 2008.

The funds raised will go to “immediate family needs from housing, to clothing, to dog amenities and everything in between.”

Robbins and his wife are known around his native Pensacola for their communal efforts, including their Mr. Robbins Neighborhood mentorship program.

Robbins has yet to publicly address the tragedy. His last Instagram post included a photo of the NFL alum with young football players, training for the scouting combine, which takes place March 1-7.

Robbins sacks Phillip Rivers in 2009.
Robbins sacks Phillip Rivers in 2009.
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Robbins, who was selected by the Vikings with the 55th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, spent four seasons in Minnesota before joining the Giants. He was a member of the Giants squad that beat the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII to finish the 2007 season.

He spent a season with the St. Louis Rams before he was released following his 2011 campaign.

Robbins tallied 358 tackles, 35.5 sacks and three interceptions in 180 career regular-season games over 12 seasons.