(FootballStL) -- Excitement will fill every NFL stadium on opening Sunday, but it will also be a day of reflection and remembrance to remember the 9/11 attacks that forever changed America.
It has been 10 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania and many still remember where they were when they first found out.
The St. Louis Rams’ coaching staff took time from a week of game planning to reflect on where they were:
“We were in the office and like everybody else, the first plane hits and we think it’s an accident and then all of the sudden…So we were probably, I think we were in the meeting with (Former Eagles Defensive Coordinator ) Jim (Johnson) and somebody came in and said that and everybody just kind of kept doing what they were doing. And then when the second one, ok so now there was a little murmur. And then everybody put their TVs on in our offices and I do remember vividly being in Brad’s office, Brad Childress, when the first tower went down. I remember looking over his shoulder and seeing it on the TV and I thought it was one of those, you know how sometimes on TV they put those implosions of buildings. I thought they had cut away to, and then we just looked at it and felt like everybody else.” -Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo
“I would imagine in this group included, knew where they were on September 11 back in 2001. I remember where I was. I was coaching at the Seattle Seahawks. I remember exactly where I was when I first found out. I was in the cafeteria talking with the chef and he told me, ‘Coach a plane just hit the Trade Center.’ Probably like all of us our thoughts and prayers go out to the people that have loved ones in the Trade Center and lost them. Certainly a monumental day in the history of America, for sure.” -Defensive Coordinator Ken Flajole
“I was in the office breaking down tape in New England and when it happened, it was kind of startling to us because we weren’t watching TV and then all of the sudden people started going to the TV and seeing what was happening. You just couldn’t believe that it was actually taking place. It was a week you’ll never forget. If you were around and got a chance to see that stuff and see the people that did all the work and helped and all the rest of it, it was unbelievable. I remember the week after when we actually played a game, we played the Jets. It was an incredible response in Foxboro for the New York team. It was kind of a neat thing to be a part of.” -Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels