ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax.
Then he saw pictures of teens standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl winnings.
Holloway's rural vacation home was trashed during a Labor Day weekendparty attended by an estimated 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said thepartiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors,punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. He saw the whole thingunfold live on Twitter - and now he's using the teens' own posts to reveal their identities.
Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the New England Patriotsand Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, said his 19-year-old son, aUniversity of South Florida sophomore, alerted him to the party afterreceiving tweets about it the night of Aug. 31.
Holloway was at his home in Lutz, Florida, at the time and watched asmore tweets about the party were posted, many of them accompanied byphotos of young people drinking throughout his home in Stephentown, onthe Massachusetts border 25 miles southeast of Albany.
"We were getting eyewitness reports of what was happening while itwas happening. We couldn't believe what was going down," Holloway toldThe Associated Press.
Before he could call police, more tweets reported that officers hadarrived, Holloway said. The partygoers scattered across his 200-acreproperty, which includes the main house and a guest house set amidrolling countryside in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.
Yvonne Keefe, spokeswoman for the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office,confirmed Wednesday that a "very large investigation" into the partywas under way. Police believe 200 to 400 young people were at the party,but investigators aren't commenting on the role social media is playingin the probe, she said.
No arrests have been reported.
Word of the party had been spread via social media, and it attractedstudents at high schools from the Albany area and western Massachusetts,Holloway said. Holloway, who's now a motivational speaker, said he gaveanti-drug and alcohol talks at some of those same schools during hisplaying days, which included an appearance in Super Bowl XX, when thePatriots lost to the Chicago Bears.
Holloway said the partiers broke about 10 windows and glass doors,punched dozens of holes in the walls, dragged kegs of beer across oakfloors and left behind an "enormous amount" of graffiti. He put thetotal damage at more than $20,000, not including personal items thatwere stolen.
Several teens who weren't at the party but heard about the damageshowed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 largetrash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway said, adding that drugparaphernalia was also found scattered about his property.
Holloway, a father of eight, said he used Twitter postings to compile200 names of teens he said were at the party. He has been posting themon a website he created, www.helpmesave300.com, in an effort to get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior.
"Any kids where this makes sense to go to a party like this and be a part of that, this kid's in trouble," he said.