Football Players Share Thoughts on Attack

Here's how Marshall football players feel about the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. earlier this week. We at Herd Insider asked the players about their feelings today at practice, and here are excerpts from what they said, what they feel...

Curtis Head, punter/kicker: "When I first heard about it, I didn't think it was as big as it was. Once I heard that we were basically under attack, it really hit home. Not just football, everything. I get home, my family's calling me, just wanting to talk. It's just a real sad moment for America, the entire world. It's awful."

Chris Massey, long-snapper: "It made it hard for me to concentrate on the game at hand, TCU. It just felt like something out of Hollywood, watching the planes smash into the buildings. My heart went out to the victims and their families. This week, to me, football took a back burner to what's been going on. Football takes a back burner to what's been going this week."

Byron Leftwich, quarterback: "The thing that scares you is, when you tried to call, you couldn't get through. (Leftwich is from Washington, DC) Once you realized your family is okay, you just feel for the people who were in the towers or in the Pentagon. It's a tragedy. "

Max Yates, linebacker: "The whole day was, initially, just shock. (On cancelling college football games:) Something this extreme, you have to put entertainment aside. This affects everybody. You may not know somebody personally, but it affects everybody across America."

Michael Owens, cornerback/safety: "What's this world coming to? Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody. As a football team, we have sorrow. Our hearts are filled out for them. "

Look for the complete thoughts of Marshall's football players in the next print edition of Herd Insider, which will be published next week.

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