Rookie diary: Antwaun Molden

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EDITOR'S NOTE: *Cornerback Antwaun Molden, a third-round draft choice at No. 79 overall out of Eastern Kentucky, is providing fans with periodic diary entries throughout his rookie season on HoustonTexans.com.
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To all my fans –

We've all been through a lot this past week in this city and the whole South Texas area.

I was here by myself at home in Houston during the storm. I actually fell asleep before it hit, but I woke up at about 4:00 in the morning alarmed by my house shaking and I didn't know what to do. I just started praying.

After that, I was in the house for a day-and-a-half without electricity or water. But I'm fortunate. As I got out after that day-and-a-half and as I hit new vantage points, I was pretty shocked. It was devastating. To see Galveston on TV, just to hear about the people who were affected, I can't imagine what they're going through.

In Cleveland, all we have is snow storms. That's basically it, so I've never been a part of a catastrophic event like that. My condolences and prayers go out to all the families. I hope the situation gets better for them.

I was fortunate not to have any damage, but I know a certain percentage of my teammates are staying in a hotel now because of what happened to their houses. A couple of our guys, roofs came off their homes, electricity is still out and there's damage from flooding.

But one positive for our team is that I think this whole experience most definitely is going to bring us together as one. I think all we can do is get stronger. We have to focus on football now, but I think we've all got to take into account everything around us as well. This is life, and as events take their course, you've got to just handle it the right way.

{QUOTE}As far as focusing on football with everything else going on, I'm not going to say it's easy. It's definitely difficult, and that's where it gets harder for us now, the focus.

But we're looking forward to playing against a rival this weekend, the Tennessee Titans. I've read a lot about the history between our two teams. I've watched film. I wasn't part of that history, but I've gotten a pretty good feel for it.

Each week is a game, though. We prepare ourselves to win regardless of who we're playing. If you don't, you don't love the game of football. As competitors, we strap it on, we watch film, we do our technique, assignment and alignment, and those are things that we need to do in order to not beat ourselves.

It's important to us that we do well on Sunday and get a win. It'd mean a lot for this city. For me to sit here and explain it, I can't do it in words. But I think it would be a big step in our community as far as bringing hope and promise back and showing the character that we all have here in Houston.

We'll go out there prepared and do our best this weekend. Thanks for your continued support, even in these difficult times. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm.

  • Antwaun

ANTWAUN MOLDEN DIARY ARCHIVE
9/12 - Anxious about the hurricane; playing on Monday night?
9/5 - Answering fan questions; preparing for Pittsburgh
8/26 - Watching Harry Williams go down
8/20 - Looking back on a week in New Orleans
8/8 - Excited for my first game; rookie hazing
8/2 - Training camp - tiring, but not overwhelming
7/27 - Life as a rookie in a new city

Questions for Antwaun that you'd like to see answered in his next diary entry? Post a comment, or send an e-mail to the editor at *nscurfield@houstontexans.com.*

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