It’s a day that changed our lives forever. Most of us will never forget where we were the minute we heard about the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives at the hands of terrorists hell-bent on destroying our way of life. The attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. changed the landscape of this nation forever, but it did not stop us from achieving our goals and moving forward a people united against a common foe and defeating those who caused so much pain to so many families in this nation.
During that time and in the weeks that followed, the sports world acted as an outlet to so many who were still dealing with the tragedy of that clear Tuesday morning. It showed us that we, still with heavy hearts and remembering the thousands that were sent to heaven too early, could re-acquire some sense of normalcy. For this, the sports world will always have a special place in the minds of millions of Americans who saw their lives changed forever that day.
Here are how some within the sports community remembered and paid tribute to 9/11.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 11, 2014
— NBC Sports Bet (@NBCSportsBet) September 11, 2014
Today we pause to reflect on the events of 9/11/01 and remember all those lost on that tragic day. pic.twitter.com/2WR7lyEiYU
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 11, 2014
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 11, 2014
MLB & Clubs will commemorate 9/11 w/ pre-game ceremonies, moment of silence & additional tributes. pic.twitter.com/m8z6ql0Buw
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) September 10, 2014
Remembering the ones we love and lost on sept. 11th pic.twitter.com/QbCPw9e1dd
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) September 11, 2014
— Joe Flacco (@JoeFlacco) September 11, 2014
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 11, 2014
— Richard W. Kendall (@kendalllaw) September 10, 2014
Here is Derek Jeter with the daughter of 9/11 victim (then and now).
— MLB Productions (@MLBProductions) September 9, 2014
Photo from DeSean Jackson’s Instagram Account
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 11, 2014
— BBA (@loophole23) September 11, 2014
— KHOU 11 Sports (@KHOUSports) September 10, 2014
We all remember where we were that day, 13 years later. Never been more proud to be part of this country than this year. #NeverForget #911
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSam52) September 11, 2014
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) September 11, 2014
— Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) September 11, 2014
— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) September 11, 2014
Photo: ABC News