In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, the NFL postponed a weekend’s worth of games as the nation grieved and tried to make sense of the tragic events in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Ten years later, the league is again honoring the fallen heroes and innocent lives lost during the attacks.
The NFL and players’ union announced they will team up to donate $1 million to memorials and charities commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, which coincides with the first Sunday of the NFL season.
Sunday’s matchups will feature both New York teams with the Dallas Cowboys play at the Jets and the Washington Redskins hosting the Giants.
From the Associated Press brief:
“The NFL and NFL Players Association will contribute $500,000 to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan, and $250,000 to be divided between the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon Memorial Fund in Washington.
“In addition, the NFL and NFLPA will donate all proceeds from the sale of auction items from games played on Sept. 11.”