One thing Craven County has a history of producing is athletes who reach the highest level of competition — professionals.

Most of those athletes, while playing in their games this weekend, had their hometowns on their minds, after Hurricane Florence damaged the area.

The most recent Craven County product, New Bern's Mike Hughes, tweeted out the following on Sept. 14 - "Seeing what this hurricane is doing to my city is painful! Keep us in your prayers. Everyone work together to get help! #252."

Hughes also tweeted the night before "Prayers up for my hometown."

Hughes is a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings and has always had a strong love of his hometown as he won two state football championships as part of the New Bern High School football team.

In a different sport, on the other side of the country, Seattle Mariners' pitcher Shawn Armstrong is also thinking of the place he calls home. Armstrong played at West Craven and East Carolina before making it to the major leagues.

He said on his Facebook page "When I return from season in a couple weeks. I will be making a few bags of clothes, along with shoes size 13. If anyone knows individuals that could use this please dm me. I would like to leave the people anonymous to public so just send me a message. Thanks and keep praying for the people in eastern NC."

Former Havelock High and Tennessee defensive lineman Kendal Vickers, who spent the preseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said the area was on his mind throughout the storm. Vickers said he spent the storm in Raleigh with his girlfriend and said Florence was a different storm than those he remembers growing up in Havelock.

"It was really different for whatever reason. I mean I'm so glad that a lot of people I'm close with are OK and my thoughts are with all of those that aren't," Vickers said. "I'm planning to go down soon and check on everyone. My family is fine. They just lost power."