NFL ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RECOGNIZE
15th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11
The National Football League and its clubs will commemorate
the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 during its games on
Sunday. The NFL will feature special tributes to honor those who lost their
lives and share an inspirational message of hope, unity and community service
Prior to each game this Sunday, fans across the country will
see video messages from PRESIDENT BARACK
OBAMA and PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.
Each club will have special guests on field for pregame activities and the
playing of the National Anthem.
Among the special guests that clubs are hosting are first
responders, community volunteers, hometown heroes and members of the military. In
Philadelphia for the 1:00 PM ET Browns-Eagles game, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
will join 120 first responders in holding the American flag during the anthem.
President Bush will be in Dallas for the Giants-Cowboys 4:25 PM ET game and
will toss the coin accompanied on the field by LAURA BUSH and two NYPD officers who responded to the attacks at
Ground Zero 15 years ago.
All team coaching staffs will
be supplied with 9/11 lapel pins and a special 9/11 decal will be placed on
The NFL will synch the pregame salutes during the Sunday
afternoon CBS and FOX telecasts, followed by the Sunday night game on NBC. The
pregame events that will be televised nationally also will be shown on the
videoboards in each of the stadiums hosting games that day.
All games in each of the broadcast windows (1:00 PM ET,
4:05/4:25 PM ET and 8:30 PM ET) will feature the special presidential video
message after the coin toss and prior to the playing of the National Anthem.
- 1:00 PM ET: video message featuring President Barack Obama
- 4:05 PM ET: video message featuring President Barack Obama
- 4:25 PM ET: video message featuring President George W. Bush
- 8:30 PM ET: video message featuring both Presidents Obama and
NFL Films taped the presidential
messages last month with President Obama at the White House and President Bush
at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
NFL Network previously announced special programming from NFL
Films that will air 8:00 PM ET tonight on the events of September 11,
The one-hour show, narrated by actress
Mary McDonald-Lewis, tells the story of how the events impacted the entire NFL
and specifically the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins,
from the decision to cancel the games the following week to personal stories of
those directly impacted by the day’s events.
Among the areas
covered in September 11th:
NFL’s decision to cancel games following the attacks
New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe
Andruzzi’s connection to the New York City Fire Department
story of Giants’ fan Tony Sichenzio
who attended the Giants’ game in Denver on September 10 and was not at his
office on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001