VALLEY RANCH, TX -- On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, one Dallas Cowboy still remembers the day vividly.
“It’s one of those days that I think we all have in our life,” said Head Coach Jason Garrett. “You say do you remember exactly where you were and I remember very specifically where I was.”
The Cowboys head coach was the New York Giants backup quarterback 13 years ago.
The Giants had just finished a late night, flying back from a Monday night game in Denver, when sirens woke Garrett up. It wasn’t until a former teammate called him that he realized what was going on in the city.
“It was just a really, really sad, tragic time for our country and certainly for that area up there where so many lives were lost.”
For the local teams it was a chance for them to do more than just win a game for their city.
Teams like the Giants, Jets, Yankees and Mets volunteered their time at Ground Zero to help serve the rescue workers in the days that followed.
The teams stood strong to help a grieving city and nation.
“The images are very vivid and very clear in my mind and they’re very sad,” Garrett said. "It was a very emotional, difficult time for anybody who was up there, and really for our country.”