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When football hardly mattered

Amid talk of referees and contract extensions, a pause to remember 9/11

Originally Published: September 11, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

On Sept. 11, I think back to this solemn time 11 years ago while with the Green Bay Packers, when I had to deal with the mundane matter of playing our game in the midst of tragedy. The venue for that week's game against the New York Giants was a problem, because their stadium was a staging area for emergency medical services.

At one point during the week it appeared we would instead host the Giants in a Monday night game, setting up two consecutive home Monday night games ...

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