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Even before he got to practice, Warren Sapp knew there would be no pro football this weekend.

"When I walked in this morning and there were no planes running out of TIA," the Buccaneers' star defensive tackle said of the Tampa airport, "I said there's no way. You just can't put a country together and say you're going to pack 15 stadiums with 80,000 people and feel safe. You just don't do that. It's just common sense."

Common sense prevailed throughout the NFL, which called off Week 2 of the regular season on Thursday in the wake of terrorist attacks on New York and Washington two days earlier. No decision has been made on whether to reschedule or cancel games.

For now, that doesn't seem to matter to the NFL's players, coaches and executives. Not playing this weekend is all that does matter.

"I don't feel it would have been appropriate first of all," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said, "and secondly, who cares about coming to a football game? Who cares? I don't even want to come and play and I'm a player."

Added Strahan's close friend, Wayne Chrebet of the Jets:

"I don't know how many guys could have gone out there to play with an attacking state of mind."

Chrebet and several teammates had vowed not to play on Sunday in Oakland even the NFL opted to hold games.

"Sports aren't important right now," he said. "We have to show respect for the people who are lost and the people they're still searching for."

Throughout the country, NFL players were searching for answers. Some were trying to figure out what to tell their children.

"I'll just spend time with my family and renew my love for them," Falcons receiver Shawn Jefferson said. "That is the important thing. This tragedy has just affected everybody.

"I want to sit down and talk about what went on and just reassure my love for them. My 8-year-old daughter has a million questions. She was like, 'Daddy, are we going to bomb them back?' I said yes, we likely would, and then she said, 'Does that mean we'll bomb innocent people, too?'

"I didn't know what to say, other than to tell her it was all in God's hands now."

Bears receiver Marcus Robinson initially wanted to play Sunday, saying the country needed to "stand boldly" to let terrorists know they hadn't destroyed the American spirit.

But then he heard about the mother and 4-year-old daughter on their way to Disneyland who were on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. He thought of his own wife and small daughter.

"This is entertainment," he said of football. "You've got to look at it as though it's your family in this. You've got to feel sorry for those people and mourn with those people."

To show their sympathy for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the Pittsburgh Steelers will attend Friday night's memorial service for the 45 people killed in the crash of United Flight 93.