CALEB AND ROBERT FARLEY: The senior was on a video call with a friend when the explosion happened (insert)."I’ve always known my father was loved in this community,” his NFL cornerback son said. PHOTOS COURTESY OF COUNTRYMUSICFAMILY.COM VIA INSTAGRAM AND YOUTUBE.COM
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley said he took the ﬁrst flight home after learning of an explosion that destroyed the NFL player’s North Carolina home, killing his father and injuring a family friend Aug. 22.
Farley said in an interview with WCNCTV that he was in Nashville when a neighbor called and explained the situation. "It didn’t sound good from the start," he said, and then ofﬁcials found his father’s body.
"ROBERT M. FARLEY, 61, WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE DEBRIS OF THE MOORESVILLE HOUSE, SAID KENT GREENE, DIRECTOR OF IREDELL COUNTY FIRE SERVICES AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. ”
"I was really emotional earlier. I’ve kind of leveled off a little bit," he said. "It’s just been a hectic roller coaster of a ride. Not only today, just for me the past ﬁve years, period.
“So I’ve been leaning on my faith and staying with the principles my mother and my father raised me with and that’s what’s been keeping me going."
Robert M. Farley, 61, was found dead in the debris of the Mooresville house, said Kent Greene, director of Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management. First responders arrived to ﬁnd family friend Christian Rogers, 25, exiting the collapsed structure and he was taken to a Charlotte hospital with a concussion, Greene said.
Robert Farley was on a video call with a friend when the explosion happened and the friend, who thought Farley had dropped the phone at ﬁrst, could not get back in touch with him, Greene said by telephone on Wednesday.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but Greene has said that gas must have accumulated over a long period and likely found its way to an ignition source. The blast, which local authorities have ruled accidental, originated in a bedroom and did not damage any surrounding homes.
County property records list the tax value of the home on a large plot near Lake Norman as nearly $2 million. Insulation hung from trees in the front yard and wood debris and window frames were blown at least 50 yards (45 meters).
Property records list Caleb Farley, who was born and raised in nearby Maiden, as the homeowner.
Caleb Farley, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 draft, was placed on injured reserve in November with a back issue. He has played 12 games in his ﬁrst two seasons and is currently listed as physically unable to perform as the Titans wrap up training camp this week.
"I’ve always known my father was loved in this community. Growing up as a little boy, I always knew my father was well-respected in this community.
So, I appreciate the support, everybody coming out to just check on my family," Caleb Farley told WBTV-TV. "All I have in this world is my faith … that’s all I got. "