Ten years after that fateful day of September 11, 2001, America is still rebuilding and recuperating. In an attempt to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on America, NFL players wanted to wear special cleats and gloves that pay respect to the fallen. Initial reports from NFL.com indicated that the front office was going to deny the request. Hours later, and quite possibly in response to tremendous pressure and publicity, the NFL changed its tune.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles have already stated that they will be wearing red, white, and blue cleats and gloves from Reebok.
There is no word, yet, as to if any Houston Texans players will be sporting the commemorative gear. However, players like Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, and J.J. Watt would be my best picks for those who might wear the gear.
Sunday is going to be a very difficult day for many in this nation. The memories of the 9/11 attacks are still very fresh to many of us but as a country we must press on. Let us remember those who lost their lives on those planes, those who gallantly forced Flight 93 into an empty field, and those who have given everything to defend our freedom.
When the Texans host the Colts this Sunday let us take a minute to reflect on how blessed we are as a nation and how blessed we are to have football!