Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample has been closely following the Russian invasion of Ukraine as his wife Angelina’s family remains in the country.
Drew and Angelina, whose name is Ang, made an appearance on Fox News Monday morning and revealed that several members of Ang’s extended family, including his aunt and grandparents, are still in Ukraine sheltering in their homes.
While Ang says her family is not looking to flee to a neighboring country at the moment, she knows how difficult life has become for her family, especially her grandmother.
“The conditions are miserable enough for a 76-year-old woman to hide in a basement at her age,” Ang said. “It’s just dangerous for her to go in and out. But being in his house is even more dangerous, with air raid sirens going off.
Ang, who was born in Ukraine and later moved to the United States, married Drew while still playing college football for the University of Washington. The Bengals drafted Drew in the second round of the 2019 season NFL Draftand the two have been in Cincinnati ever since.
The samples want to extract their family members to the United States so they can be with familiar faces, but they are far from the only ones in the country seeking to accomplish this.
“Obviously we understand that there are a lot of people in our similar situation, and we’ve tried to raise awareness of how difficult it has been for those people,” Drew said. “And so for us, it’s just been difficult because there really aren’t any right answers.”
Monday marks the 11th day since Russia invaded Ukraine.