The entire nation including the sports world was in a reflective mood Wednesday on the one year to the day anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The Oakland Raiders were no different. A year ago at this time, the Raiders were beginning preparation for a Week 2 regular season matchup at home against the New York Jets. Like the rest of the world, however, the day was anything but normal after the tragic events in New York City.
"Everyone is very reflective of it and has been impacted," Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon said. "I remember coming here last year at this time and it was just a weird, eerie feeling. We all didn't want to go in and watch game film. It's made me reflect because I have a wife and two daughters."
The NFL stopped play for the ensuing week and made up the games one week after the regular season's final game.
"It's like I told ESPN in training camp, I think people change but they don't change long enough," Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown said. "Am I a different person? Sure but I've been a different person for several years. In a way, it's like a roller coaster. When it goes down it will go up."
While the Raiders are currently spending time preparing for Sunday night's matchup at Pittsburgh, there were many ceremonious events at various Major League Baseball games throughout the day.