September 11, 2001 was probably one of the scariest moments of my life—as it was for so many people around the country. And as much as my teammates and I didn’t want to go out on the road to play in the scheduled games in the weeks that followed that terrible tragedy, when we did, we were met with a kind of patriotism and sense of togetherness that none of us had never seen before … and haven’t seen since. It was my privilege to play for the fans in those earliest days after 9/11, and to help the fans, even for a moment, ease their minds and lift their spirits with the simple pleasure of sport. So, on this day, the 17th anniversary of 9/11, we should honor all of those who were lost and never, ever forget.
Michael’s oral history of the day was recorded by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and is featured in the Museum’s special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11.” For more information, visit 911memorial.org/ComebackSeason.
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