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.
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- Andrew Brandt via Sports Illustrated – How the Week of September 11 Unfolded in the NFL
- YouTube (NFL Channel) – Football is America | NFL Players Remember 9/11
- Michael Silver via Yahoo Sports – 9/11 Forced Ex-NFL Commish to Make Decision of Lifetime
- Andrew Brandt via Forbes – Remembering 9/11: An NFL Executive’s Story
- Michael Silver via Yahoo Sports – Giants’ Coughlin Coaches Son Through 9/11
- Adam Schefter via ESPN – Remembering the Hit on Drew Bledsoe That Led to the Emergence of Tom Brady
- NFL.com – The Untold NFL History of that Day in Dallas
- Kimberly Jones via NFL.com – Fifteen Years Later: My 9/11 Experience as a Giants Beat Writer