CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Bengals tight end drawn sample seeks to extract family members from Ukraine during Russia’s invasion of the country.
Sample and his wife, Angelina, told Fox News Monday morning that Ang’s aunt and grandparents from both sides of his family are still in the war-torn country.
“For us, we’re just trying to see if there’s anything we can do to put a plan in place where we can bring them to us so they feel comfortable leaving, because that’s obviously dangerous for them,” Drew Sample told Fox News.
According to a WCPO-TV report from Cincinnati, Angelina was born in Ukraine and later moved to the United States. The two met while in college and married while Drew was still playing at the University of Washington, according to the Seattle Times.
Ang Sample told the TV station on Monday that she stayed in touch with family members during the Russian military invasion, which led to mounting international sanctions and a reprimand from the United Nations.
“We watch it on the news, but for me, just put my [children] take a nap in the afternoon and I want to call my grandmother; I call them on the phone and they answer, and they’re sitting in the dark in the basement,” she said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
Drew Sample, 25, has just completed his third season in the NFL. The second-round pick of the 2019 draft is Cincinnati’s primary reserve tight end. Last season, he had 11 catches for 81 yards as the Bengals reached the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years. Cincinnati lost Super Bowl LVI to the Los Angeles Rams.
Ang Sample told Fox News on Monday that his family members live in rural areas and are not seeking to flee the country to a border country as refugees due to their lack of connections outside of Ukraine.
“For us, it’s tough because there really aren’t any right answers,” Drew Sample said.