From coast to coast, American flags as large as football fields were unfurled inside stadiums and fans of all ages sang the national anthem with gusto Sunday in a red-white-and-blue observance marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and start of the country’s most popular sport: the NFL.
Robin Berretta, wearing a blue Giants No. 27 Brandon Jacobs jersey, traveled from New York to Landover, Md., for the game at the Washington Washington Football Team. Some of her friends suggested she shouldn’t attend.
“Everyone’s very paranoid,” Berretta said. “And they’re not even from New York.”
She was unfazed, saying, “I even took the Metro.”
In a presentation relayed to video screens around the league, “Taps” was played from Shanksville, Pa., where one of the hijacked jets crashed a decade earlier. A recorded message from actor Robert DeNiro was broadcast on videoboards reminding fans that “we honor those brave men and women by continuing to show our unity and strength as a country.”
“This is a chance for everyone to come together and feel great about our country,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during the FOX telecast of the Washington Football Team game.
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