Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone | SCREENSHOT: Detroit Lions/YouTube

Detroit Lions star Alex Anzalone recently made an urgent plea to President Joe Biden on social media platform X, stating: “Please get my parents home”

Lions star Alex Anzalone has pleaded for the return of his parents from Israel | SCREENSHOT: NFL/YouTube

The player’s parents – Sal and Judy Anzalone- are included in a 53-person group from First Naples Church in Naples, Florida, that’s trying to make its way back to the U.S. amid the warzone. They had only been there for a few days when this week’s attack on the Jewish nation took place.

Alex Anzalone’s parents arrived in Israel on Oct. 2 as part of a tour group through their church, First Naples, a Baptist congregation in Naples, Florida. The group is now trying to flee the area as war breaks out between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that launched a surprise assault in the Gaza region over the weekend. The fighting has reportedly already resulted in more than 1,000 deaths thus far.

“It’s hard,” the Lions linebacker told The Detroit News about his family’s situation. “(It’s) really all I’ve been thinking about.”

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The First Naples Church’s group currently has a flight that is scheduled to depart from Tel Aviv on Thursday. However, that’s been one of the hardest hit areas in terms of the destruction.

Alex Anzalone, desperate for help, sent out a message on Twitter and tagged President Joe Biden’s X account on it. However, there is no word as to whether officials at the White House brought it to #46’s attention, and there has been no official statement from Washington regarding the Lions defender’s request.

“Please get my parents home,” Alex Anzalone wrote in a since-deleted post. Meanwhile, the conflict in the region doesn’t appear to be coming to an end any time soon.


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