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September 11, 2011: Remember, Honor, Live

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Today is the tenth anniversary of a day that changed the way we live forever. It also happens to be the first Sunday of the 2011 NFL season. The NFL will pay tribute at every one of its games today, culminating with the Sunday Night game in New Jersey, and I have no doubt that I'll repeatedly get choked up at various times throughout the day.

This is a football blog, so I'm going to do my best not to make it something else with this post.  I will, however, ask all of you to remember how you felt ten years ago today, how you felt in the uncertain days afterward, and how you've felt at your most vulnerable as our nation has moved throughout the last decade.

I also want to thank every person who took the time or effort to unite for one good over the last ten years.  Many Americans have had a family member or friend pay the ultimate price over the last ten years in the name of righting the wrong that was inflicted on September 11, 2001, and I'd fail miserably if I attempted to express the gratitude I have for those heroes.

Thus, I'll just say this:  When you're watching football today, please take a minute to remember what happened ten years ago.  Please honor those whose efforts give us the ability to spend the afternoon engaging in a tremendously entertaining and ultimately totally meaningless pursuit.  Finally, please live your life knowing how incredibly fortunate we are to live the way we do.

God Bless America.