REMEMBERING SEPT. 11

The Dolphins got back to work on Wednesday to begin heavy preparations for this weekend's game at Indianapolis, but not every thought was on Peyton Manning and Co. Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that hit close to home for some Dolphins players.

Quarterbacks Ray Lucas and Jay Fiedler both had friends who worked at the World Trade Center before it was smashed into by a couple of planes. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye's father was on his way to work at the WTC when the first tower collapsed.

Ogunleye's father was unharmed and both of Lucas' friends made it out of the World Trade Center alive.

But one of Fiedler's two friends working at the World Trade Center died in the attack.

So one can understand that Wednesday was an emotional day for Fiedler.

"I've gone back and forth on it," Fiedler said. "I'm very aware of the date. You can't help but see the images and it brings back a lot of emotions. We've been brought back to that Tuesday morning when I saw those pictures and not knowing what was happening with some friends of mine.

"We've got to keep remembering all the emotions that we had and not forget this country is vulnerable and we have to stick together."

In reality, Wednesday was tough on just about everybody and it showed when Jason Taylor was asked about his thoughts of the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Taylor became emotional after sharing his thoughts, and then asked to be excused for a few minutes before returning to his locker to continue answering reporters' questions.

"It's tough," Taylor said. "I was watching some of the images on TV and I caught myself almost coming to tears.

"You think about the families trying to rebuild their lives. We have an extraordinary job, but those are extraordinary people."


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