Not before, however, the NFL held a special 9/11 National Anthem featuring first responders bearing the U.S. flag on the field. It was a solemn trumpet rendition of the National Anthem — performed by Herb Alpert.
Fans were impressed by the anthem and sounded off on social media with their thoughts ahead of the Buccaneers-Cowboys matchup.
Tom Brady Begins Likely Final Season in the NFL
Just ahead of Week 1 kicking off, reports came out that this season — the 23rd of Tom Brady’s career — would likely be his last. It’s been an eventful offseason for the 45-year-old, who retired, un-retired and then took an 11-day absence during training camp tending to a “personal matter.”
But he’s here — wearing No. 12 and in red. That’s all that matters to the Buccaneers, who have their eyes on a second Super Bowl championship in three seasons.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, return this season with change in the air. Gone are key starters from last year’s No.1 offense. Departures include Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr. The tackle tandem of Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are gone as well. Smith due to injury, Collins having signed with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason. The pressure is on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load and help lead the Cowboys to their first NFC Championship game since 1995.