NEW YORK (AP) – This one is about more than just the Ryan Bowl, Plaxico Burress’ return and Jason Garrett’s debut as the full-time coach of “America’s Team.”
With the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks as an emotional backdrop, coach Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are kicking off their season against Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys. And, it comes in front of a national television audience in a stadium just a few miles from the World Trade Center site, with ceremonies, songs and videos to honor first responders and victims.
There will also likely be some tears.
“I think it’ll definitely be emotional, to me and everybody that is there and probably people that are watching around the country,” Ryan said. “I would assume it’s going to be emotional for everybody. But in particular with this region, this area, when you talk about 2,753 people perishing in New York alone, I think it’s going to be very emotional for a lot of people.”
Ryan feels a strong responsibility to make sure his team goes out and wins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. Not just for the franchise and the fans, but for the people of the area.