Moments of silence around NFL for shooting victims

6:57 PM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
Dec 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Members of the Chicago Bears pays tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.- The New England Patriots silenced their "End Zone Militia" on Sunday night, paying tribute to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting by canceling the traditional scoring celebration in which men dressed as Revolutionary War soldiers fire muskets into the air.

Two days after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Patriots joined teams across the NFL by asking for silence and darkening their scoreboards in the victims' memory.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz took the field in Atlanta earlier Sunday 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.

"I don't even know how to put it into words," Cruz said.

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