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Giants hold moment of silence to remember 9/11 attacks

Head Coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head Coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants speak to the media after conditioning drills at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 21, 2014. Credit: Mike Stobe

Tom Coughlin spoke to the team about the significance of today's anniversary and the Giants ended practice with a moment of silence for those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I just talked to them about the significance of 9/11," Coughlin said after addressing the team on bent knees. "Thirteen years since that fateful day, the fact that we had been over to the museum, and just to remember to honor those brave and courageous firemen and policemen and first responders, many of whom gave their lives so that others might be saved. Then we spent a moment in respect for those who perished. And we also talked about never forgetting, never forgetting 9/11."

The Giants visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum last month. Hardly any of the current players were in the New York or Washington areas on that day. A good deal of them were 10- or 11-year olds at the time.

Coughlin didn't make the direct connection between something so big as 9/11 and something so insignificant as the Giants' 0-1 start, but he also pointed out that the area and the country rebounded from that dreadful day.

"We also honored America and the resiliency and the courage shown by the country and the way that New Yorkers and all in the tri-state area rallied around each other at that time," he said. "I think that's something we can all be proud of."

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