Friday, September 11, 2015

The First Post-9/11 Game

On this 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, we pause to look at the first game that was played following the week of cancelled games. The Packers were scheduled to play the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, and it became a super patriotic evening. Packers LB Chris Gizzi, an Air Force Academy graduate, was asked to lead the team out of the North end zone tunnel while proudly carrying an American flag. It was an emotional moment that we were privileged to experience first-hand that night. We did not know, while sitting in a steady rain two weeks earlier watching the Packers beat the Lions on opening day, 28-6, that everyone’s world would forever change two days later.

Here is the archived USA Today web article about the game from the next day. The box score can be found here.

Though out of the league for quite a few years, Gizzi was later honored by the Packers and carried the American flag on to the field during pregame ceremonies for the NFL season-opener between the Saints and Packers held at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011. He is now the Packers’ Strength and Conditioning Assistant, having been hired in 2014. 

The program cover from that game.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

911 shame: How we let sports leagues wrap themselves in the flag for profit

You’ll never see a flag-draped coffin on the 50-yard line.
One of our nation’s darkest hours turned into for-profit spectacle.