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Titans cornerback Caleb Farley's father killed, another injured in explosion at NFL player's house

NFL player's father killed in home explosion
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An explosion Monday night at the North Carolina home of Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley killed his father and injured a family friend, Iredell County Emergency Management Director Kent Greene confirmed to CBS News.

First responders who arrived at the multimillion-dollar Mooresville home found 25-year-old family friend Christian Rogers leaving the house. Rodgers was taken to Atrium Main in Charlotte with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a news statement released by Iredell County. Responders found the body of Farley's father Robert Farley, 61, after searching through the debris, the statement said.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said they are looking into a natural gas issue, but the investigation is ongoing. An odor of gas was reported in the area.

Caleb Farley wasn't home at the time of the explosion, his agent confirmed to CBS News. He had purchased the home "with our understanding it was for his father," Kent Greene, director of fire services and emergency management for Iredell County, said at the news conference. Farley, along with his aunt and uncle, came into town Tuesday morning and went to the site of the scene, Greene said.

The 6,391-square-foot home was completely destroyed, along with several vehicles, authorities said. "There's nothing left of the structure except maybe a partial wall," said Greene.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday that the team will support Farley and that "is the most important thing."

"Everything else is pretty trivial," he said.

Caleb Farley, a North Carolina native, was a first-round pick of the Titans in the 2021 NFL draft out of Virginia Tech, reported CBS Sports.

The 24-year-old's mother, Robin, died in 2018 due to complications from breast cancer, Sports Illustrated reported. He told the magazine ahead of the draft his mother was his "biggest fan."

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