Around the NFL today, teams are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The NFL and NFLPA have pledged a $1 million donation to various 9/11 charities and memorials. Additionally, the league has given players permission to wear special gloves and shoes that pay tribute to those who passed in the tragic events of that day and all sideline personnel will wear special patriotic-themed ribbons.
The Broncos will honor the victims of 9/11 with a pregame entertainment lineup that includes the singing of America the Beautiful and the Parade of Colors with Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Police & Fire participation. All fans in attendance will receive American flags, and are being asked to participate in a group singing of the National Anthem.
“I was actually in New York during 9/11,” Head Coach John Fox recalled. “We actually just got done playing the Broncos and we flew back. It’s pretty amazing that that’s been 10 years and it’s kind of something that’s sort of etched in your mind forever if you were in New York during those times—I think that’s probably true for everybody.”
“Everything stopped from what I remember,” safety Brian Dawkins said. “To me it just seemed like everything stopped, and everybody was focused on the television sets and what was going on. If you’d gone and looked outside, you probably wouldn’t have seen too many cars on the road. To do what we’re doing for those families that have lost, the way that America changed because of that, obviously is a huge thing that I’m happy to be a part of.”