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FTP: Cards' world remembers JFK

11/22/2013

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For those alive on Nov. 22, 1963, the event is etched in their memory as clear as yesterday.

Everyone knows where they were when they heard President John F. Kennedy was killed. While people throughout the country shared in the tragedy, each had their own story. While I came along 20 years after that fateful day, I created my own memory when I was in college during a trip to Dallas for a journalism conference. Almost 10 years ago to the day, I penned this column about my experience at the Sixth Floor Museum.

And like it was following the Sept. 11 attacks, sports were immediately impacted, maybe more so because Kennedy was assassinated on a Friday, two days before the NFL was to kick off that weekend’s slate of games.

ESPN remembered JFK this week with a series of first-person accounts from those involved in the game old enough to remember where they were. Two Cardinals coaches – 77-year-old Tom Pratt and 75-year-old Tom Moore -- were included. Check out their stories. They’re quite interesting.

And as I was putting together the daily links, I came across a column written by Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com, about an experience he had visiting Dealey Plaza that was quite similar to mine. Also an interesting read.

Everybody’s stories are unique, everybody’s memories are their own, but they all share one thing: Nobody forgot where they were when JFK was killed.

In other news…

McManaman also writes about Colts quarterback Andrew Luck hurting teams with his legs.

Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.com writes about Harold Goodwin’s personal experience with leukemia last season.

Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com writes about Michael Floyd’s improvement this season.