"Very emotional for all of us. We should always remember. We should never forget the lessons learned on 9/11. But one of the things to really grab a hold of is the way it unified our country, and made us literally one, with everyone saying what can we do? What can we do?
From that standpoint, it’s a tremendous example for our football team of people coming together and realizing that they have to serve each other. They have to work with each other and for each other to make it the best possible circumstance.
So although it’s a sad day to remember, and we share all those emotions with our entire country, not just New Yorkers for what happened some 14 years ago. On the other hand, we have great respect and admiration for those, and again, the way we feel about the fireman and the policemen and all those who served their fellow men on that particular day—our respect couldn’t be higher."
The date holds many emotions for Tom Coughlin. In 2001, Coughlin was down in Jacksonville serving as the head coach of the Jaguars. His son, Tim, worked for Morgan Stanley in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He was one of the lucky ones who made it to safety before the building collapsed.
"For Tim to be able to survive that," Tom says, "I just feel like the Holy Spirit took him by the hand in the second tower and guided him out of there." (Yahoo Sports, 2011)
I know the feeling. I worked right across the street for Merrill Lynch in the World Financial Center. I, also got out in time and consider myself lucky as well. When people remind me to "never forget", I tell them that I can only remember. A life-altering event if there ever was one.