IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys are traveling to New York on Friday, a day earlier than usual for Sunday's division matchup against the Giants.
The reason: They plan to visit the One World Trade Center observatory in Manhattan which opened earlier this year.
"(Head coach) Jason (Garrett), you know is really into those kinds of things for the team," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "We're going to go to Ground Zero and go to the observation tower and really experience that in the downtown area of New York and get a feel for what heroes were really like in those trying times."
Garrett attended Princeton University in New Jersey and was a backup quarterback for the Giants in 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
"The response from everybody in that area and really all across our country, and to a certain extent across the world, to that tragedy was really amazing -- the response to that terrible adversity," Garrett said. "It's captured there. It's captured there by the memorial, and similarly it's captured by the building, the One World Observatory at the Freedom Tower."
Garrett visited there over the summer with his wife, Brill, and was moved by the experience.
"We weren't there for real long," Garrett said, "and I'm like, 'This is a really, really inspirational thing. And we need to get our team here.'"