As Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and his family and friends gathered at the Jarrett family home on Friday night to watch the second and third rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft–with hopes of hearing Jarrett’s name called–they noticed a funny smell that something was burning. They checked the kitchen and didn’t find anything before people came running down the stairs from a game room in the house’s second level.
By the time the flames were discovered, it was too late to put the fire out themselves and the home had to be evacuated while the fire department was called. When it was all said and done, a significant portion of the upstairs of their home in Conyers, Georgia, was burned beyond recognition.
Jarrett would go on to be selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, and his new employers immediately came to his aid. Team owner Arthur Blank had the staff go out and purchase Jarrett some clothes and have told the young man that they’d be willing to help in any way possible, according to a report from ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure.
Jarrett is the son of former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Jessie Tuggle, and Tuggle was at an Atlanta Falcons draft party at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta to announce his son’s selection on Saturday. The Falcons traded up in the fifth round to get Jarrett, and they’ll pair him with his former teammate at Clemson Vic Beasley, who the Falcons took with the No. 8 overall pick in the first round.
While an investigation is being conducted to determine what caused the blaze, Jarrett and his mother Elisha are staying at his cousin’s house. Nobody was injured in the incident.