I'm not the kind of person that's good when it comes to talking about tragedies like 9/11, so I'm just going to let ESPN do the talking. Added bonus: stuff about Soldier Field, where there will be a game on Sunday, which is a memorial for fallen heroes.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs intends to wear gloves and cleats in the colors of the United States flag on Sept. 11 against the Atlanta Falcons, and he won't be fined for violating uniform policy.
"Reebok great job on these gloves and shoes..looks like I'm getting fined this week. Lol!" Briggs tweeted Thursday. "By far the best fine I will ever have to pay. Thanks"
But the NFL told team equipment managers on Friday morning that players may wear special shoes and gloves made by NFL licensees -- including Reebok -- for Week 1 games.
All NFL players Sunday will have a patch on their jerseys featuring a ribbon with stars and stripes along with the dates "9/11/01" and "9/11/11." Coaches, personnel and staff will have pins featuring a similar ribbon.
The NFL is believed to have the most extensive dress-code rules among the four major sports and does not take uniform violations lightly.
Very cool. I'm a giant Bears fan, and- not to brag- go to Soldier Field quite often. Whenever I walk up to the opening gate to get my tickets checked for authenticity, I'm standing next to a giant fountain/memorial dedicated to all of America's armed forces. It's a giant slab of some material, whatever it's called, with the symbols of the Army, Navy, Marines, etc. extruding out from it. It's really, really cool. This was the best picture I could find of it: this is just the Marines, but they have it for all flavors. Instead, here's something similar, found at the very front of the stadium: a sweet JFK quote. And then there's this.
One year during halftime, at a game where the Bears were getting blown out, I saw this Purple Heart being awarded. Crazy. And every game, after the 3rd quarter ends, everybody gets up and cheers as a soldier walks on to the field after recently returning from duty. Or, they once had a WWII veteran. These people are usually from the Chicago area.