BUCS TE MARCO BATTAGLIA ON HIS IMPRESSIONS OF MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE:
"A feeling of safety, our country is secure. After seeing what is going on at the Air Force Base, it is refreshing, it really was. It was a great day for me. I had great excitement. After what transpired last year, there was some doubt, but that doubt has definitely been washed away."
MORE FROM BATTAGLIA ON MACDILL:
"It was pretty fascinating. I mean you really don't put them into a category until you really get to meet these people. We met some high ranking officers and they really have their act together, that's for sure. These people are in their positions for a reason."
BATTAGLIA ON WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT AT THE BASE:
"They just want to talk about football. We want to know what is going on in Afghanistan and Iraq and they want to know what's going on Sunday. What happened on Sunday? Those guys' spirits are real high and it brought our spirits up after last Sunday. It was a good day; it really was."
BATTAGLIA ON THE BASE ITSELF:
"I have never seen anything like that. It's nice to see, because I live probably 20 minutes away from it. And I would say to have an opportunity to see what goes on is very reassuring."
BATTAGLIA ON SEPTEMBER 11th:
"It is one of those days where you would like to sit home and just sit and talk to family members and friends and give a call back East, back up North, but it has to be another workday. People, although, it is definitely been a tragic day in the history of the United States, Americans usually, they move on. It is kind of one of those things as Americans we're all going to have to move on. And we keep that in the back of our mind, that memory, the tragedy of it. We can get through things like this, America."
BUCS T LOMAS BROWN ON THE TRIP TO MACDILL:
"It was nice. It was a very, very pleasant trip. We got to mingle with a lot of the enlisted people. Shook a lot of hands and passed out a lot of souvenirs. It was a fun-filled day and they (the troops) were excited for us to be there."
BROWN ON THE RECEPTION BY THE TROOPS:
"They were so excited. They were like, ‘Keep your head up after the loss. We're still with you. We're just happy to meet you guys. You all made our day.'"
BROWN ON TOMORROW BEING SEPT. 11th:
"Everybody in America knows what is coming up. You know it's going to be a sad day tomorrow. Again, if we can take that negative and turn it into a positive, it probably wouldn't be as bad or won't hurt as bad as what happened a year ago. Hopefully it will just be a day of remembrance for a lot of people."
BUCS QB SHAUN KING ON SHOWING HIS APPRECIATION:
"A lot of people sacrificed so much on that dreadful day. This was just one of the ways we could show our appreciation. To go out, not send a card or a message, but personally say thank you."
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