The NFL and its clubs will commemorate the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 during its games on Sunday. The league will feature tributes to honor those who lost their lives, and will share an inspirational message of hope, unity and community service and engagement.
Prior to each game this Sunday, fans across the country will see video messages from Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Each club will have special guests on the field for pregame activities and the playing of the national anthem.
Clubs will host special guests, including first responders, community volunteers, hometown heroes and members of the military. For the 1 PM ET Browns-Eagles game in Philadelphia, 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 be accompanied on the field for the coin toss by Laura Bush and two New York Police Department 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 9/11 decal will be placed on players’ helmets.
All games in each of the broadcast windows (1 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. The pregame events will be televised nationally during the CBS, FOX and NBC games and will be shown on the videoboards in the stadiums hosting the games.
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 will air a one-hour show, September 11th, narrated by actress Mary McDonald-Lewis, that tells how the events impacted the entire NFL and specifically the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins — from the decision to cancel games the following week to the personal stories of those directly impacted by the day’s events.