Mitchell’s house flooded Wednesday and he then filmed himself in a local Walmart in his underwear buying clothes.
He recalled the moment rescue boats came to his Montgomery County, Pa., house at 4 a.m.
“The local fire department over there actually came, banged on my window and literally it was three stories up banging on my window with a rescue boat saying you need to get out,” Mitchell said Friday in an interview with FOX29 Philadelphia. “You need to evacuate ASAP. It was the most (sic) craziest I ever experience … My house being flooded. It was crazy.”
Mitchell said rescuers dropped him out at the Schuylkill River. He thought that Walmart would be the only place open at that time and he ventured into the store.
Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Freddie Mitchell throws a 26 yard halfback option for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter in Miami, Florida, December 15, 2003. (REUTERS/Marc Serota MS/HB)
“I was literally that character in Walmart,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell played for the Eagles for four seasons from 2001 to 2004 and appeared in one Super Bowl. He had 90 catches for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns.
Montgomery County was one of the hardest-hit areas as Ida blew through the region.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.