Bush 43 highlights Cowboys' 9/11 tribute before opener

The Cowboys honored law enforcement and paid tribute to 9/11 before and during their season opener against New York. WFAA.com

ARLINGTON - President George W. Bush and his wife Laura participated in the Cowboys' tribute to the 15-year anniversary of 9/11 before their season opener against the Giants.

Moments before President Bush arrived, the Cowboys presented a special video featuring scenes in the aftermath of the terror attacks, as well as when the Cowboys visited the 9-11 memorial.

President Bush received a thunderous ovation when he was announced to the crowd. He was initially met by head coach Jason Garrett to walk onto the field.

This marks the second time the 43rd President of the United States has flipped the coin before a Cowboys season opener. He also did it five years ago in a season-opening game against the Jets at the Meadowlands, marking the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11.

Former Dallas Cowboy George Teague -- he of decking-Terrell-Owens-on-the-midfield-star fame -- ran out with an American flag as the team took the field with fireworks erupting in the background. 

An American flag the size of the football field was unfurled to sing the anthem. A scan of the sideline showed every Cowboys player standing during the anthem.

The Cowboys later showed special appreciation for first responders during a halftime tribute.

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