"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 Eli Saslow's article in ESPN The Magazine:?
Their United Airlines charter flight to New Jersey lasted a little more than three hours. Midway through it, Fassel told his coaching staff to plan on going straight to work at Giants Stadium after the plane landed. He wanted to break down film and talk about what had gone wrong.
Of all the?things?John Mara?remembers from 9/11, one of the most vivid was his memory of the cars in the Meadowlands parking lot. There used to be a "park and ride" outside old?Giants Stadium?for commuters heading into?Manhattan.
For weeks after the attacks Mara would come to work and see the same unclaimed cars parked in the same spots.
As a fan of the Giants and being from New York City I wanted to see the Jets and Giants play the September 11th game this season. We all remember where we were on that day and can remember how all sports paid tribute to the effected in the weeks afterwards. This being the 10 year anniversary I, along with many other fans, thought it was a lock that both New York teams would face each other.
We were all surprised to see that The New York Jets were to host The Dallas Cowboys at the Meadowlands and that the Giants would be traveling to play the Redskins in Washington DC. I admit at first I thought that this was a big mistake by the league. ?It was a missed opportunity for something special,? I said.