EAGLES FANS might not like the Giants' Tom Coughlin as a coach. But you have to respect what he did yesterday in support of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were shot to death by a single gunman while sitting in their squad car in New York on Saturday.
Yesterday, Coughlin wore a black stripe on the left shoulder of his sweatshirt along with a small metal peace symbol pinned to his chest underneath the Giants' "NY" logo.
Coughlin was the only member of the Giants to wear the stripe, but others in the sports world also addressed the tragedy.
Jets center Nick Mangold showed up for the game against the Patriots at Metlife Stadium wearing an NYPD ski hat. The Jets, as a team, held a moment of silence before their game against the Patriots. Ditto the Brooklyn Nets before their NBA tilt with the Pistons.
Finally, the New York Yankees' Silver Shield Foundation has announced it will pay for the college education of Officer Ramos' two sons, one a 13-year-old, the other already attending college. Officer Liu did not have children.
The Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City cops, firefighters and Port Authority employees for the past 32 years.
Kudos to the Buccaneers for the role they played in reuniting a military family during this holiday season.
During the first quarter of Tampa Bay's game against the Packers, Anna Bryant and her children Arielle, 7, and Tristan, 3, were bought down to the field to watch a videotaped message on the Bucvision board from their husband/father, Lt. Cmdr. Donald Bryant, of the U.S. Navy, who - as far as they knew - was in Afghanistan.
Of course, he came running from a tunnel near the end zone into the loving arms of his family.
It's a scene that's happened time after time after time.