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Frank Martin one of many coaches revealing 9/11 memories on twitter

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South Carolina head coach Frank Martin watches his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


One of the things that we often forget when watching celebrities and sports stars on TV is that once the camera shuts off and the final buzzer sounds, those people revert back to being, well, regular people.

Moms and dads. Sons and daughters. Friends and Frienemies.

Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and like so many people across our country, some of the biggest names in the coaching business took to twitter to share their memories of a day that is seared in the mind of everyone that lived through it:

I look to the sky and remember my friend Tom Crotty today-Joanne-girls- the firefighters and policeman-never forget 9-11 !!

— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) September 11, 2013

Thinking about Jimmy Quinn and the Quinn family on this day. He was a key member of our Manhattan Basketball Team and we lost him on 9/11.

— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) September 11, 2013

12 yrs ago I was on a flight from Denv to Minn when the planes hit WTC. Will never 4get that day.Strange to be at Denv airport again today.

— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) September 11, 2013

We will never forget those who were taken from us 12 years ago on 9/11 #USA #NeverForget

— Sean Miller (@UACoachMiller) September 11, 2013

But no one delivered as passioned a remembrance as South Carolina head coach Frank Martin:

12 yrs ago,Almost 2 the minute, I was on a treadmill n ATL on a recruiting trip. When planes hit WTT I thought I was watching a movie.(cont)

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

It was a surreal experience. God bless every1 that lost their life & their families along w all the service men & women who have done (cont)

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

The same since fighting for our safety. I love the fact that I live in this GREAT country. On my way 2 Ft Jackson 4 9/11 ceremony. #USA

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

I will NEVER forget

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

I was raised learning about the attacks on Pearl Harbor & it’s meaning towards the values of this country. Please educate our children(cont)

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

About the 9/11 attacks so they can understand the values that our founders,& every1 since have fought 4. We must educate them

— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) September 11, 2013

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