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Goodell on 9/11: "Right thing to do"

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, speaks with reporters

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, speaks with reporters as negotiations between the NFL owners and players go unresolved. (March 11, 2011) Credit: AP

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL did the right thing by scheduling the Giants-Redskins game and the Jets-Dallas game in New Jersey on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Giants face the Redskins in Washington, close to where the Pentagon was attacked on Sept. 11, while the Jets host the Cowboys at New Meadowlands Stadium, located near where the World Trade Center was destroyed. 

"All of us that live in the New York area, Washington area, or western Pennsylvania as well as everyone across our great country knows the impact 9/11 had on us,” he said. "We want to honor that 10-year anniversary in a way that’s appropriate. We thought putting the schedule together the way we did, where we can have a game in New York and a game in Washington — the Jets playing in New York and the Giants in Washington – would be an appropriate way to do it. We will also have a proper recognition in western Pennsylvania."

Goodell added: "It’s the right thing to do. Our country should be recognizing the tragedy that occurred 10 years earlier. We know that we play a big role in doing that appropriately. We think we played an important role in not playing the week after the 9/11 incident so that the country could properly deal with the issues we had to deal with. We want to make sure that we do this respectfully, so we’ll be announcing plans on that front in the coming weeks.”

Read the entire transcript of Goodell's chat with Giants fans here.


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