Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Casillas' Moving Moment

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Casillas' Moving Moment

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Jonathan Casillas took a deep breath and tried to compose himself when asked to describe what his feelings will be standing at midfield just before kickoff in the Giants' season opener late Sunday afternoon against the Cowboys.

This will be his first coin toss as a team captain in the NFL, and for a New Jersey native who lived through 9/11 as a teenager, Casillas is already preparing for the moment.

"I can't imagine the emotions out there," the Giants' linebacker told The Record at his locker Friday. "You know, to me, the significance of being an American on 9/11 is very important. Look, people don't want to talk about it, I'm in full support of what [49ers quarterback] Colin Kaepernick believes in. And the way he did it, that's fine. As Giants, we'll be doing things a different way.

"We're not only representing us as individuals, but New York City, the state of New York, New Jersey, and the league, as far as we're concerned. Everybody's honing in on Kaepernick, but that's the point of being an American, to be able to do stuff like that. But we have a different thing going on here, and we're going to do that as a collective unit.

"For me, I'm gonna be out there. I hope they have the biggest flag they've got, make sure they cover the whole field for that special moment."

Former President George W. Bush will be in attendance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as part of the NFL's recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Former President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will take part in the pregame coin toss. They will be accompanied by two NYPD officers who responded to the attacks at Ground Zero 15 years ago. Prior to each game, fans across the country will see video messages from President Obama and former President Bush. All team coaching staffs will be supplied with 9/11 lapel pins, and a special 9/11 decal will be placed on players' helmets.

Each team will have special guests on the field for pregame activities and the playing of the national anthem. …

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