The NFL is set to honor the victims of the horrific Paris attacks by holding a moment of silence before each game on Nov. 15, as ordered by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
It’s the right thing to do. Before a kick or a tackle is made in all of the Nov. 15 NFL games, a pre-game moment of silence will take place in honor of the atrocious Paris attacks, an NFL spokesperson has confirmed.
NFL spokesperson Gregg Aiello tweeted Commissioner Roger Goodell’s request on Nov. 14, in the wake of the aftermath in the French capital. He wrote, “Commissioner Goodell has asked
#NFL teams to hold a pre-game moment of silence this weekend for victims & families of Paris terror attacks.” Spokesperson Brian McCarthy revealed the moment of silence will be heard before the National Anthem at each game.
Other than the moment of silence, the NFL hasn’t said what other expressions of support they will give the people of France, although a number of players are expected to have customized footwear, eye strips, and we’re sure the NFL won’t issue any fines for those players offering their best wishes and condolences.
At some college football games yesterday, Nov. 14, scores of fans showed their thoughts were with France by waving large French flags in the stands. Whatever happens, we’re sure it’s going to be another emotional day and the players will do all they can to show their support.
So far, at least 129 people are confirmed dead and as many as 352 people injured in the simultaneous Paris terror attacks that shook the world to its core.
The first American to be named dead, Nohemi Gonzalez, was killed when ISIS terrorists opened fire at a restaurant, authorities said on Nov. 14. More horror unfolded at the Bataclan concert theater during an Eagles of Death Metal show when gunmen entered and started spraying bullets into the sold-out crowd. During a soccer match between France and Germany at the Stade de France, one of the Paris attackers detonated a bomb outside the stadium after being refused entry inside.
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— Jon Boon