LAWRENCE — Charlie Weis, a native of northern New Jersey and a former assistant with the Giants and Jets, took a moment this week to remember the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City.
Weis was an assistant for the New England Patriots at the time, and he was startled by an unexpected morning phone call from his wife, Maura.
“I lost a whole bunch of friends that day; not a few but a whole bunch,” Weis said Monday during his weekly radio show.
Weis remembers it being a game-plan day in New England. The Patriots were set to play the Carolina Panthers that week, and Weis was ready to start piecing together an offensive strategy. And then the phone rang.
“My wife was on the phone and asked, 'Are you watching this?'” Weis said. “I said, 'Watching what?' She told me to turn on the channel. I asked 'what channel?' — and she said 'any channel.'”
In addition to losing old friends from the New York area, Weis said the thoughts in the Patriots office turned to offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, a New York native who had three brothers working as New York City firemen.
“They were all there that day, and he didn't find out until later that day that they were all alive,” Weis said. “He was just a mess. All three of his brothers ended up getting out of there.”