Calgary Stampeders receiver Maurice Price had a bittersweet 16th birthday on 9-11

Calgary Stampeders wideout Maurice Price against the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium in...

Calgary Stampeders wideout Maurice Price against the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Sept. 2, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

CALGARY - Maurice Price will never forget his 16th birthday.

Neither will the rest of the world.

It was the day everything changed — Sept. 11, 2001.

“Yeah, what’s that, 12 years ago now?” Price said. “I was in my sophomore year in high school.

“That was crazy that year. It was a bitter-sweet day for me.”

It was supposed to be a day of fun, cake, presents and hanging out with friends.

But everything went off the rails when terrorists flew airplanes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

“Everybody turned on their TVs and watched what was going on,” the Orlando, Fla., product said. “I remember I was in biology.

“I didn’t know what was going on at first, after the first building was hit.

“After the second building was hit, it was like, ‘oh, this is on purpose. It’s not an accident.’ ”

The Calgary Stampeders receiver said he started to realize he and his classmates were witnessing a historic event that would change the future.


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