Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
More than 300 teenagers threw a rowdy Labor Day party in the vacant upstate New York home of former New England Patriots lineman Brian Holloway, causing more than $20,000 in damages due to graffiti, broken windows and urine-soaked carpets. Then, in the eternal wisdom of youth, some partygoers shared pictures and tales of their exploits on Twitter and Facebook, which Holloway later shared on a website he created.
The 54-year-old Holloway was in Florida over Labor Day. That's when high school and college students threw the bash at his empty house, which sits on 200 acres near Albany. The party was broken up by police, but the property was trashed, and not trashed in the sense of beer cans, cups and stains, but vandalized and destroyed like in a bad Hollywood teen movie. The spray-painted walls put it all over the top. Holloway said cleaners filled 10 55-gallon garbage bags with empty alcohol containers.
He estimated the damage was close to $20,000. The former lineman, who played eight years in the NFL, is accepting donations and assistance in repairing his house, but also started a website that publicly outed some of the youngsters at the party. The site - "Help Me Save 300? - is Holloway's way of trying to prevent the partygoers from going down the wrong path in life. Though he's in contact with the sheriff's department, Holloway says his reason for starting the website is to get the kids going in a different direction. He says he's seen too many people die from drugs and alcohol.
The site has lead to contributions from the community, as well as the recovery of some stolen items, including a granite eagle that was the headstone from the grave of Holloway's grandchild who died at birth. After Holloway posted a picture of a high-school student's Twitter account that showed someone with the object, it was returned. Some of teenagers even helped Holloway clean his home this week.
Not everyone has reacted warmly to the website. Holloway said he's received threats after turning the tables on the partygoers. That caused him to have security at his house during the clean-up effort.
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