12 NFL Tributes to the Newtown Tragedy

John RozumCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

12 NFL Tributes to the Newtown Tragedy

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    It's impossible to fathom the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

    On Sunday, the NFL honored the families and victims from this horrific incident, which cannot justifiably be described in words.

    According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, "In the wake of the tragedy, the NFL has asked home teams to observe a moment of silent reflection prior to the national anthem before this weekend's games."

    Ahead, we look at Week 15 tributes around the pro football landscape.

Oakland Raiders Fan

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    Inspiring message from a young Oakland Raiders fan.

    The smile also provides a positive outlook in America trying to move forward.

C.J. Spiller

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    C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills representing on his shoes.

    The Bills faced the Seattle Seahawks in Toronto on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals Fans

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    Loyal Arizona Cardinals fans—a father and son—supporting Newtown.

J.J. Watt

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    J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans paid tribute with his gloves.

    As a defensive lineman who's well-versed at breaking up passes with his hands, writing the town's name on his hands was a fitting touch.

New York Giants

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    The back of the New York Giants helmets read "SHES": Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Victor Cruz

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    The tragedy affected Victor Cruz of the New York Giants on a more personal level. Per an article by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com:

    Cruz told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he got in touch with the Pinto family to offer condolences after he'd heard Jack had been a fan of his. The family told Cruz that they were considering burying Jack in a Cruz jersey. 

    Without question, a classy move by a classy player.

New England Patriots

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    The back of Tom Brady's helmet for the Sunday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Giants, Pats and Jets Altogether

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    Another quick look at the helmets of the Giants and Patriots.

    Also, according to the New York Jets' official website:

    The New York Jets will honor the victims, 20 of them schoolchildren, tragically killed Friday morning by wearing decals on their helmets for their Monday night game against the Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The circular decals will display the initials S.H.E.S., for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    The Jets hit the road in Week 15 to play the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

Steven Jackson

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    Here's Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams with a group of children prior to the game vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

    As you can see, some of the children wore Rams jerseys, including of such players as James Laurinaitis (middle), Jackson (far right), Sam Bradford (far left) and Chris Givens (slight left).

Other Rams Players with Children

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    Here are more Rams players before kickoff against Minnesota.

    This time, we see a Danny Amendola jersey just to the left of the middle as well. Also, an old-school Rams jersey of Sam Bradford is just to the right from the center.

Dolphins Players Showing Support

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    This picture was taken on the Miami Dolphins sideline before Sunday's game against their in-state rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Along with the child on the left, we also see a No. 66 jersey in between Austin Spitler and Derrick Shelby. For you NFL history buffs, that's legendary Dolphins offensive lineman Larry Little.

    Little is in the pro football Hall of Fame and was part of Miami's perfect season in 1972.

Charles Tillman Pays Tribute

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    Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears honored Newtown on his elbows and towel.