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September 09, 2002|Larry Stewart

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What: "Outside the Lines-- 9/11: One Year Later"

Where: ESPN, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

The amazing story of Doug Goodwin's heart transplant at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, is beautifully told in this special edition of ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Goodwin, 59, was a fullback on the Buffalo Bills' 1965 American Football League championship team. Because of the generosity of former Bill quarterback Jack Kemp, owner Ralph C. Wilson and other Bills and NFL players, $40,000 was raised so that Goodwin could have the surgery.

His new heart and two surgeons were on a plane that departed Boston's Logan International Airport at 7:50 a.m., nine minutes before the first of the two soon-to-be-hijacked planes departed.

The small plane carrying the heart landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey not long before all flights were grounded. And the ambulance carrying the heart crossed the George Washington Bridge just six minutes before the Port Authority ordered all New York bridges closed. The 5 1/2-hour surgery was performed on schedule.

Kemp appropriately calls Goodwin's story "heartwarming." He also calls it "one of the greatest stories of my life."

Another segment on this show is about the rebuilding of sports in Afghanistan, with the focus on an exhibition soccer match between local players and an international peacekeeping force. Under the Taliban, sports ceased to exist and the soccer stadium in Kabul was used for public executions.

Other segments include one on the New York City Fire Department's football team and another on Mark Bingham, one of the heroes on Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The FDNY football team is also the subject of a one-hour NFL Films special that will follow "Outside the Lines" Tuesday at 6 p.m. And Bingham and the other heroes of Flight 93 are the subject of a one-hour special, "Flight 93: A Call to Action," which will air at 7 p.m.

The three specials are part of what ESPN is doing to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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