As the nation mourned the memory of the September 11th attacks one decade later, the league did the same with a special tribute simultaneously for all the early afternoon games.
Jet fly-overs, memorial tributes and giant football field sized American flags were all on display. It was a touching moment that paid great memory to this Nation's darkest day in history.
Something happened that made this a good day though; the rest of the league kicked off their first regular season games of the 2011 NFL season.
As expected, with emotions high and fans rabid to have their favorite sport back, the NFL delivered with some amazing performances.
Now, I realize it's a little early to be talking about MVPs and play of the year awards, so let's look at this like a power ranking more than actually awarding the hardware after only sixty minutes of play for each player.