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Boomer Esiason blasts Maryland for canceling American Sniper screening

Former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason, who lost nearly 200 friends on 9/11, rips the University of Maryland for canceling a screening of American Sniper.

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The University of Maryland recently canceled a screening of American Sniper -- a movie starring Bradley Cooper that details the life of deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The movie was scheduled for a screening at the university on May 6 and 7, but the event was postponed due to Muslim Student Protests. The decision to cancel has drawn the ire from others, including former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Esiason, who attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a B.A. in 1984, lost nearly 200 friends when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11. The Boomer Esiason Foundation was housed in the North Tower.

"I'll never forget my friends that died that day,'' said Esiason via the USA TODAY. "If you were ever down in that pile like I was for two weeks, you realize it was a holy hell pit. The thing I remember more than anything was removing debris and watching the firemen and the policemen who had lost a family member or a company member."