Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Remembering 9/11, Ten Years Later

Perry Knotts / NFL.com

Because the Packers played their game on Thursday night, not Sunday, they missed out on the league-wide tribute to 9/11.

Like all league-wide events, the 9/11 remembrance event was accompanied by an official NFL event logo, and teams playing on the actual anniversary of the 9/11 attacks wore this patch on their jerseys:

(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Most teams wore it over their heart, but the Steelers and Jets, who already have that real estate allocated for a team patch, wore the ribbon patch on the other side.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

This caused something of a traffic jam for the Jets, who wear a regular logo patch along with the league-approved captain's "C" patches.

(Elsa/Getty Images)

Coaches and other staff members wore a ribbon version of the logo.

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

And, of course, the logo was slapped pretty much everywhere the NFL could think.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Packers and Saints weren't the only ones who missed the event; none of the teams playing on Monday night — the Raiders, Broncos, Dolphins and Patriots — wore the ribbon on their uniforms.

Rather surprising, but perhaps it shouldn't be. Unfortunately, a few players (not to mention a certain NFL "merchandise partner") used the anniversary as an attempt to grab a little attention.

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

You stay classy.

Aside from those minor blips, this weekend was a fairly dignified remembrance of a very solemn memorial.

(Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE)

Well, make that more or less dignified. Guess you can't have everything.

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