As NFL players around the league get ready to play their first regular season game on Sunday, not all of them are just thinking about football. Many players across the NFL took to social media on Sunday morning to remember the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was one of the several dozen players who took time to remember the almost 3,000 people that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and several other players, including Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson , tweeted out the video below.
Here’s a few other tweets from players, including Alshon Jeffery , James Harrison , Torrey Smith and Christian Hackenberg .
For some players, like Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee , Twitter didn’t offer enough room to remember 9/11, so he took to Instagram.
It’s been 15 years since we saw first hand how America responds in a time of national crisis.. 1st responders sprinted into harms way in hopes of saving lives.. Young men and women across the country couldn’t sign up for the military fast enough.. The heroes who were already enlisted, were eager to put boots on the ground in hostile land to bring some sort of vengeance to whoever attacked us.. Every citizen of our county had a sense of pride and unity for America.. Everybody was all in for one thing, eachother… 9/11 was an absolutely horrible day, we lost a lot of amazing Americans on that day and in the years that would come, we went to a war that still has yet to be finished.. I was 14 years old, and in the middle of all that negativity, what 9/11 did for me, was prove without a doubt, that America is the greatest country on earth.. Everybody had everybody’s back.. Neighbor’s who never talked to us came out and chatted.. Foes became friends.. We all FINALLY realized that we had something very obvious in common.. We’re all in this together.. We were then.. And we are now.. It was a beautiful response, to an ugly act.. That’s what I’ll #NeverForget.. Today, just like everyday, I thank the heroic men and women of our military and our real life superhero first responders.. Without you all, I understand that life would be much much different.. Cheers #America
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz also used Instagram to reflect on 9/11.
The NFL will be honoring the memory of those lost on 9/11 during a pregame ceremony at all 13 games on Sunday. One of those games sites is in New York, where the New York Jets will be hosting the Cincinnati Bengals . The Bengals actually visited Ground Zero on Saturday before their game with the Jets. Here’s Andy Dalton laying a bouquet of flowers at the Memorial pool.
Before that game, the Jets will be wearing 9/11 t-shirts. The team will also be wearing hats that feature the NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority logos.
Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: NFL players remember 9/11 on social media before Sunday’s games