- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2016

Football is a game. That’s all it is. But sometimes the game has an ability to bring people close together in times of need — even if the fan bases don’t see eye-to-eye.

In the Giants-Cowboys season opener on Sunday, the two sides took the time to remember Sept. 11. With a coin toss from former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, a giant flag stretched across the field and touching videos before the game, the Cowboys put on an incredibly respectful display of remembrance. The ceremony made an impression on the Giants organization and their fans, both of whom have a particularly emotional connection to the 2001 attack on their home city.

Giants Vice President Don Sperling wanted to make sure Dallas knew just how much the gestures meant to the New York organization. Sperling sent the following email to every organization in the NFL:

I don’t recall ever sending out an e mail like this. However, I want to make sure that we recognize a brilliant, well executed, and most importantly, an emotional moving experience that the Dallas Cowboys put on for the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 at their incredible stadium.

We have all in some way been touched and affected by the events of 9/11. However, here in NY it has had a personal and lasting effect. The Cowboys incorporated the heart and soul of what New York City and the metropolitan area felt on that fateful day and the aftermath that followed. We were all moved deeply by this.

I won’t go on with the specifics, but if you get a chance, watch, take notes, and feel the passion and detail that made this such a powerful experience. This is what we all strive to do as they say on “Any given Sunday.”

Our hats off to Cory, Scott, Derek, Matt, Dwin, the Jones family and everyone involved in this brilliant production. From all of us here in NY, thank you Dallas Cowboys.

Don Sperling
Vice President and Executive Producer
New York Football Giants

The heartfelt letter was posted on the Cowboys website.

The Cowboys called the letter the “highest compliment they could receive.”

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