Joe Namath, NY Jets, 9-11
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Joe Namath aids New York Jets in remembering 9/11

The New York Jets observed the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 through a video narrated by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath.

Released on the Jets’ social media channels, the video pays tribute to those lost in the devastating attacks on the United States, particularly those who perished in New York City when hijacked airplanes struck and destroyed the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

The city’s subsequent union in rebuilding is likewise highlighted, with a particular emphasis on the first responders who rose to the occasion on that tragic day.

“When there was nothing we could say we did all we could to search for answers and meaning to somehow find our way. It was in these moments that we realize the power of our own strength, and together, the strength of our collective power,” Namath narrates.

As images of the Freedom Tower, which now stands in place of the fallen towers, are displayed, he continues, “Two decades later, we see a city that defines perseverance, Rebuild through courage, resolve and triumph.”

New York sports are recognized for their help in helping the area recover as well. A still image of the 2001 Jets in prayer is shown, while then-quarterback Vinny Testaverde is shown greeting New York City firefighters on hand to watch their subsequent contest in New England.

Both New York baseball teams are likewise acknowledged. Mike Piazza is shown hitting his famous two-run home run in the eighth inning of the Mets’ first game at Shea Stadium after the tragedy. Also included is President George W. Bush’s first pitch at Yankee Stadium prior to a World Series game at Yankee Stadium.

As the video concludes, lingering on images of the 9/11 Memorial and first-responders, Namath echoes a vow made by many Americans in the solemn aftermath of that tragic day.

“Today and forever, we remember those who can’t be here with us and honor those who protect us,” he says. “And as we look ahead, we will always hold these stories and these memories in our hearts and in our mind and vowed to never, ever forget.”

In observation of the 20th anniversary, the Jets’ helmets will bear a red, white, and blue ribbon sticker branded with both dates during their game against the Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

The Jets previously wore a similar jersey patch during the opening game of the 2011 season against the Dallas Cowboys, which landed on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com

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