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September 11 Attacks and the Impact on the NFL

Today is the 18th anniversary of the largest terrorist attack on American soil.  The September 11 attacks made time stand still for a moment around the world.  There was no American, business, or even sports organization that did not have a decision to make about what to do next.  The NFL was in the same situation.  After the smoke cleared, the commissioner of the league (Paul Tagliabue) and the leader of the NFLPA (Gene Upshaw) had to make a decision.  The 2nd week of NFL games was scheduled to be played just 5 days after the September 11 attacks.  What did they do?  Learn what decision was made on this week’s episode of The Football History Dude podcast and strap on your seatbelt, because we’re getting this baby up to 88mph.

Note – The article below covers the topic of this week’s episode in detail.  There are many links throughout the article to enhance your learning of the history of the NFL.  A few of these may be Amazon links.  As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Keep scrolling to get to the article.


About the author, Arnie Chapman

My name is Arnie Chapman, and I am the host of The Football History Dude, a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the rich history of the NFL. The show officially launched on 4/15/18, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about football, and learning about the history of the game has intrigued me, as well. I'm asking you to come along with me on my DeLorean to travel back in time and learn about the yesteryear of the gridiron. To get started, you can go to my website for more details.

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  1. NFL Reaction to September 11 Attacks on 09/17/2019 at 4:38 PM

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