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Washington dons special helmets in honor of 9/11
Release: 09/10/2011
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Sept. 10, 2011

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington wore special white helmets with the colors of the American flag within the 'W' to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The Huskies wore the helmets on Saturday against Hawaii. They held extra meaning for Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who lost a cousin in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

But Sarkisian says the decision to wear the helmets went beyond recognizing family. He says it was an opportunity to honor the victims and the families of the victims, and pay tribute to the military and first responders "for all that they do."

The pregame featured a fly over from a C-17 from nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord. Washington defensive lineman Sione Potoa'e also led the team onto the field Saturday carrying an American flag.

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