Raiders coach Jackson reflects on 911

September 11, 2011, 1:43 am
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Raiders rookie coach Hue Jackson was asked where he was that fateful day.
"Oh my gosh," Jackson said. "That will probably be one of the most memorable times in my life, other than my kids. I was at the Washington Redskins, coaching for Marty Schottenheimer, in a room with receivers coach Richard Mann. And I was putting the blitzes up, I was the running backs coach at the time, and I looked up at the TV. Richard would work on one side of the board and I would work on the other, and we both kind of looked up at the TV. And we seen all the smoke."I said, 'What's going on here?' He goes, 'Oh man, there was a plane that hit the World Trade Center.' And I go, 'You gotta be kidding me.' At the time, I thought he was joking. But then all of a sudden there was an emergency. You know how you break through on all the stations and say, 'This is an emergency, This is really happening?' And then they said something was happening at Dulles. And we were 15 minutes from the Dulles Airport. So we were all very concerned, obviously. My kids were in school at the time, and I immediately wanted to know where my kids were.
"I will never forget that. What a horrible experience. To all the families that had to experience that and go through that, my heart goes out to them. I pray about that all the time, because that was a tough situation for our country, obviously."