Jimmy Toscano: NFL must play on Sept. 11

Joe Andruzzi.

Americans have always rallied around sports.

In times of despair or mourning, so many of us turn to them for a sense of comfort, for reassurance that we can overcome obstacles put in our way.

If we’re down, we’ll get back up.

This sense was never stronger than 10 years ago, when two planes went through the Twin Towers.

Everything stopped.

But then something changed. We, once again, rallied around each other, and just 12 days after the attack, football was played.

No Patriots fans will forget Joe Andruzzi and his three brothers, New York City firefighters who responded to the attacks, coming onto the field before the start of that first game back.

It was truly a moment bigger than football. But football created the moment — and more just like it around the league.

Especially after the death of Osama bin Laden, it’s even more imperative the lockout be solved in time to play games in Week 1 — Sept. 11.

It would be a shame if the NFL — a league that played such an important role in helping Americans cope with 9/11 — couldn’t take part in tribute and remembrance of the victims of the attacks because of a quibble over cash.

This is the opinion of Jimmy Toscano. Send your viewpoints to letters@metro.us or post them in the comments section.


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