On the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on Sunday, former President George W. Bush united fans and players at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before the Dallas Cowboys faced the New York Giants for each team’s first game of the season.
While NFL players across the league were boycotting the American flag and national anthem, those in Dallas — where five police officers were ambushed and murdered in July — were coming together to show their appreciation for the country.
The Cowboys handed out miniature American flags to fans upon arrival. The flags were waved through the air as the national anthem was played by trumpet.
While players across the league joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest on Sunday, every player in Dallas stood for the anthem.
The crowd also stood in unity as Bush and former first lady Laura Bush took the field for the coin toss.
The 43rd president borrowed an FDNY hat from Giants player Zak DeOssie at midfield and raised it to salute the crowd.