The Greenbrier haunting Tony Jefferson

Posted by Darren Urban on October 15, 2015 – 12:01 pm

Tony Jefferson didn’t come to The Greenbrier expecting ghosts or a haunted room, but he insists he heard a voice — “a little girl voice” — whispering something that first night. “The lights haven’t been off since,” the safety said (with teammate Patrick Peterson laughing in the background.)

That’s how the story came up in the first place, admittedly. Peterson was being interviewed and after he mentioned some on the team thought this week’s hotel might be haunted, he noted Jefferson was the most scared. Jefferson, who isn’t exactly soft after growing up in a rough part of San Diego, had no problem fessing up.

“My lights are still on,” Jefferson said. “There’s something in there, bro. I promise you. I’ve heard it. And I keep the lights on. I don’t want to see it. I’ll hear it but I don’t want to see it.”

Fellow defensive back Jerraud Powers said one of the hotel workers told them while he had never seen a ghost, there have been multiple guests over the years that had mentioned weird things. What that would be is … hard to say. There is the story about “The Greenbrier Ghost,” a woman named Zona Heaster who was murdered, but the spectral nickname has to do with the fact she was murdered in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, and not at the hotel.

When a hotel has been around since 1778, however, there are going to be some creaks you’ll hear, right?

“You hear a lot of guys talk, ‘Oh, the hotel’s haunted,’ ” Peterson said. “So they’re going around in groups. It’s helping us bond as a team, getting us closer.”

Peterson said he, Powers, Rashad Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu all room together, and “if one leaves, we all leave.” It’s about being smart. Powers admitted he leaves his bathroom light on. That’s enough.

“I haven’t seen anything but you do hear some weird noises at night,” Peterson added. “But I don’t pay no mind. I fall right asleep.”

Jefferson can’t say the same. His lights are on for a reason. And “they’re not going off.”


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15 Responses to “The Greenbrier haunting Tony Jefferson”

  1. By Steve W. on Oct 15, 2015 | Reply

    That’s an awesome story, and a beautiful hotel! Never seen it myself, but last weekend my family and I were hiking not 50 miles away to the east of Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny mountains at Douthat State Park. Pretty fall colors are right about at their peak out here. Ghosts love the fall, because it means the dead of winter is right around the corner…

    But find a way to get some good sleep, Tony. We’re gonna need you to pick off some passes on Sunday! GO CARDS!!!

  2. By Dynosoar on Oct 15, 2015 | Reply

    Hey! It’s Halloween so we need a good ghost story. Next scary sight in PA, the scoreboard after another blowout by the Cardinals and another scared QB when our defense haunts him with multiple turnovers.

    Haha, that’d be great.

    Go Cardinals!

  3. By TucsonTim on Oct 15, 2015 | Reply

    Have you been to the bunker yet? That’s where the ghosts are

  4. By Darren Urban on Oct 15, 2015 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: Bunker

    Yes, I’ve been there.

  5. By Big Ken on Oct 15, 2015 | Reply

    What do you think of all this Greenbrier stuff Darren?

  6. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2015 | Reply

    Big Ken —

    RE: Greenbrier stuff

    All what stuff?

  7. By Scott H on Oct 16, 2015 | Reply

    Here’s hoping the Cardinals can turn Heinz Field into their own chamber of horrors for the Steelers and their fans on Sunday. I know I am still “haunted” by the ghosts of Santonio Holmes and James Harrison….

  8. By T Stone on Oct 16, 2015 | Reply

    Nice to see they worried about ghosts and not the Steelers and they leave together like they fly to the ball together. Its all right if ya leave on the light.

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 16, 2015 | Reply

    Well said Scott H

  10. By Big Ken on Oct 16, 2015 | Reply

    Darren Urban— Let me guess, you probably see right through it? That what is a vortex of paranormal activity. Be well Darren…

  11. By Eazy E on Oct 17, 2015 | Reply

    Really?? My Brothas…

  12. By Jimbowan on Oct 20, 2015 | Reply

    What a lame a** distraction. Shame on you Tony.

  13. By Darren Urban on Oct 21, 2015 | Reply

    Jimbowan —

    RE: “Distraction”


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