Falcons players wear commemorative cleats at 9/11 game

On the 15th anniversary of Sept, 11, 2001, thousands gathered at Ground Zero in New York City to remember the lives lost in the terror attacks. USA TODAY

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons, who opened their season Sunday at the Georgia Dome against Tampa Bay, welcomed family members of those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and held a special pregame ceremony.

Many of the league's teams held- or are planning to hold- special pregame ceremonies Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Prior to the game, the Falcons gave commemorative game balls to family members of victims, and they were the honorary team captains. 

There was a short video played of President Barack Obama. In it, he asked everyone to never forget Sept. 11.

It was followed by a brief moment of silence. U.S. Army Sergeant Constance Mack beautifully sang the national anthem. As she sang, members of the military from Fort Benning, located in in Georgia, unraveled a super sized American flag that covered much of the field.

No players were seen sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. Recently, there have been several players seen sitting or kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to do so a couple weeks ago.

Julio Jones and Mohamad Sanu wore special 'Never Forget' cleats in honor of the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Sanu grew up just 40 miles from the World Trade Center. 

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