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Detroit Lions Training CampIt was thirteen years ago today that the horrific terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon took place. Although time has passed, I think it’s safe to say that most people remember where they were and how they felt when we saw television accounts of the horrific terrorist attacks on our country.

Although Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is preparing for his team’s upcoming Sunday match-up against the Carolina Panthers. During the Lions media presser on Thursday afternoon, Caldwell, took the time reflect on where he was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, as he remembers those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon.

“I was in Tampa and my first year in the National Football League, [when 9/11 took place]. Coach Caldwell said. “I happened to be sitting in my office watching tape because it was a Tuesday. We had the day off that day because the players weren’t around. My office had no windows and I didn’t have a radio on or a television, anything of that nature.

“One of the guys, Clyde Christensen, camp and asked if have heard what is going on and that there was a plane crash. By the time I had folded my things together and finished up a couple of things, I walked into the other room where there was a television. Myself, Clyde and Tony Dungy, we saw the second plane crash and within about five minutes of that I remember that all the guys that believe in prayer went to one room, gathered together and started saying a prayer. Not only for the victims, we didn’t know how many there were, but you certainly saw there were going to be some fatalities, but we also were praying for our president and how he was going to handle this situation, our leaders and country. That was a stirring moment. It was probably within an hours’ time that it happened and it certainly changed in which we went about our preparation that day. You couldn’t get your mind off of the difficulties the way people were experiencing at that time. Families lost a lot of loved ones and individuals were affected all around us.”

Caldwell is exactly right when he said that families lost a lot of loved ones and that we as individuals were all affected. While we can’t change what happen that day, we can remember those who lost their lives and those who saved lives during that unfortunate tragedy.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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