The second season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated documentary series The Timeline from NFL Films returns tonight at 8 p.m. with September 11th, reflecting on how the NFL reacted to the crisis of September 11, 2001 and the deep and lasting impact of the day’s events.

The one-hour show, narrated by actress Mary McDonald-Lewis, tells the story of how the events of September 11, 2001 impacted the entire NFL and specifically the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins, from the decision to cancel the games the following week to personal stories of those directly impacted by the day’s events.

Among the topics discussed in September 11th are:

The NFL’s decision to cancel games following the attacks of September 11, 2001

How members of the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Redskins were affected by September 11, 2001

Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi’s connection to the New York City Fire Department

The story of Giants fan Tony Sichenzio who attended the Giants’ game in Denver on September 10 and was not at his office on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

September 11th includes interviews with the following people and more:

Paul Tagliabue – Former NFL commissioner

Herm Edwards – Former Jets head coach

Michael Strahan – Giants Hall of Fame defensive end

John Mara – Giants owner

Jim Fassel – Former Giants head coach

Ernie Accorsi – Former Giants general manager

Tiki Barber – Former Giants running back

Joe Andruzzi – Former Patriots offensive lineman

Kevin Mawae – Former Jets center

Dan Snyder – Redskins owner

Rob McGovern – Former NFL linebacker & NYC prosecutor

Tony Sichenzio – Giants fan

Jon Bon Jovi – Musician

Jason Whittle – Former Giants offensive lineman

Marc Morial – Former Mayor of New Orleans

Provided below are some select quotes from September 11th:

– “I remember flat-out saying, ‘We’re not playing and if you try to make us play, we just won’t show up. We’ll forfeit the game but we’re not going to be there. The Giants will not be there.’ Once that was said, I think the seriousness of it hit everyone.” – Michael Strahan

– “When the games were cancelled, it felt right that we were paying our proper respects to the people who lost their lives in this country.” – Tiki Barber

– “I was always impressed with Paul Tagliabue but I think during that period it was his finest hour. He really demonstrated how good of a commissioner he was.” – John Mara

– “Seeing that skyline without the towers, it upset you to the core. So much of our innocence was lost that day.” – Jon Bon Jovi

– “A lot of thought went into that. It was to show that as a nation we were unified and resilient and determined, but to do it in a way that would above all respect those who had lost their lives.” – Paul Tagliabue on Super Bowl XXXVI

This year, the expanded 10-episode season of The Timeline airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NFL Network, chronicling seminal moments that formed the NFL’s storied past, shape the present and in some cases, set the stage for the future.

Provided below is a broadcast schedule for September episodes of The Timeline:

Last Day in LA (Wednesday, September 14 at 8 p.m.) – Exploring the complex history of football in Los Angeles through the lens of Christmas Eve 1994

Rebirth in New Orleans (Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m.) – The story of the recovery and grand re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome post-Hurricane Katrina

Night of the Living Steelers (Wednesday, September 28 at at 8 p.m.) – Legendary zombie filmmaker George A. Romero revisits Pittsburgh and members of the 1970s Super Bowl Steelers

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