The nation was shaken Friday by the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. In the wake of the tragedy, the NFL has asked home teams to observe a moment of silent reflection prior to the national anthem before this weekend's games.
Many NFL figures used Twitter to share their feelings about the tragedy, which reportedly left 20 children dead.
For those of us fortunate to have kids use today as a valuable lesson enjoy every second— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) December 14, 2012
I may not be a parent, but I can not begin to imagine how it feels to have my child's life taken away. And No one ever should— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 14, 2012
In light of today’s tragedy in Connecticut, let’s give an extra big hug to our loved ones. Our thoughts & sympathies are with those affected— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 14, 2012
Deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut. Prayers go out to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 14, 2012
My heart breaks for the families of those killed in Newtown, Conn. It is so senseless. I am angry, disgusted, but most of all extremely sad— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) December 14, 2012
All of us in the Arizona Cardinals family extend our sympathy to those affected by today’s tragic events in Connecticut.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 14, 2012
Don't talk gun control today if you weren't talking it yesterday! And don't use this tragedy for political agendas. LET THE LOVED ONES MOURN— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 14, 2012
Thoughts and prayers go out to those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Conn affected by todays events.— Felix Jones 2 (@felixjones28) December 14, 2012
Thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy Hook Elementary. Lord help us.— Wes Welker (@WesWelker) December 14, 2012
Horrific. Simply horrific. Thoughts go out to all of the parents, teachers, family members, responders & saddest of all, the kids.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 14, 2012
Hug your children and tell them you love them.Pray over your children day and night! My heart and prayers go out to those in Conn.— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) December 14, 2012
I can't even imagine what the families of the victims are going through. You are in our prayers.— Zoltan Mesko (@ZoltanMesko) December 14, 2012
Man my prayers n thoughts are with the families involved in the tragedy that took place @ sandy hook elementary in Connecticut.— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) December 14, 2012
God Bless the families in CT. We send our child to school hoping they'll be safe and then this happens. What is wrong with this world?— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) December 14, 2012
It hurts to hear about todays shootings. With what's been going on is it now ok to talk about Mental Health?— BEAST (@BMarshall) December 14, 2012
My prayers go out to all the families involved in the Conn shooting. What is this world coming to, killing innocent kids!!— Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) December 14, 2012
Our condolences go out to all those affected by this terrible event. A very sad day.