Moments of silence around NFL for shooting victims

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Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:40 AM
Source: Associated Press

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UNDATED - The New England Patriots silenced their "End Zone Militia" Sunday night, taking the muskets away from the Revolutionary War re-enactors who fire in the air to celebrate every score.

The memory of the Connecticut school shootings was still too fresh for the sight of weapons and the smell of gunpowder.

Two days after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NFL stadiums fell silent before the day's games to honor the victims' memory.

Some teams darkened their scoreboards and lowered their flags to half-staff, while others wore helmet decals or black ribbons.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz took the field with the name of one victim inscribed on his shoes. Cruz called the family of Jack Pinto after hearing the 6-year-old boy was a Giants fan and was told the family planned to bury the boy in one of Cruz's No. 80 jerseys. Cruz said he didn't even know how to put it into words.

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