GET UP! The 9th Minute Salute for Chuck Deezy

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Great Work: See a picture and video of The Salute in our follow-up piece.

Update (game day): We have now reached a universe of nearly 1 million fans with this message courtesy of Maurice Edu, Jozy Altidore, Grant Wahl, Steve Goff and others….5pm EST: The story has been picked up by and by the AP. (It is being distributed by the AP.)

ESPN’s producers have acknowledged an email of this tribute and the American Outlaws fan support team is coordinating on the ground.

This Is Happening. Make RFK rock for Charlie.


TSG hopes for a speedy and full recovery for the striker whose 21st minute strike (versus Egypt) put the U.S. back on the road to redemption in South Africa just a few months ago.

So in support of our favorite team’s injured teammate, TSG, along with the American Outlaws, is backing the effort for all the fans attending Wednesday’s RFK game to stand and cheer for the full 9th minute of tomorrow’s USA v. Costa Rica match. You can print out this number 9 to hold up for Charlie Davies during the 9th minute (starting at 8:00).

If you are not at the game, stand-up wherever you are. And (via Twitter) from SamsArmy94: Everyone who is able to – up for tweeting @CharlieDavies9 at the same time (9th minute tonight) tweets of support? Yes, sir!

CD, we hope and know you’ll be up doing the stanky leg in no time…regardless of what docs may or may not say.

From Stu Holden via Twitter: @stuholden22: U can send ALL your well wishes 2 Charlie-email , they r printing all and bringing them 2 him! THX


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21 responses to this post.

  1. any knowledge on how to send cards or anything like that to the hospital??


  2. Posted by Sam on 2009/10/13 at 9:22 PM

    Washington Hospital Center
    110 Irving St. NW
    Washington DC 20010


  3. go here, print #9 bring to game for 9th minute salute. A couple thousand doing so will be epic for the cameras to catch and Charlie to see from his hospital bed.


  4. We are working on getting a post up asap that alerts people to this idea. I’ll be spamming my cuz at Georgetown, I’m sure some people there are going to the game. Much love Chuck D, much love.


  5. Posted by del on 2009/10/14 at 5:43 AM

    I think he’s at George Washington Hospital NOT Washington Hospital Center.

    GW is about 2-3 miles from the accident. He would have been taken there vs crosstown DC to Hospital Center.


  6. Posted by Kevin on 2009/10/14 at 6:29 AM

    No he’s at WHC, it’s the trauma center in this area.


  7. Posted by BK on 2009/10/14 at 6:36 AM

    Please note that the 9th minute is when the clock reads 8:00 to 8:59


  8. Posted by Dean on 2009/10/14 at 7:19 AM

    The 9th minute is 8:00 to 8:59. I’ll stand through 9:59 just to be sure.


  9. Posted by kaya on 2009/10/14 at 8:27 AM

    I wish I could make it to the game.
    Someone print out extra #9’s😉 That’s a great idea.
    I hope the prez makes it and prints out a #9.
    I hope Stu doesn’t accidentally print out all the spam he’s going to get…


  10. Posted by Rob on 2009/10/14 at 9:00 AM


    If I was going to RFK, thats what I would be chanting.


  11. […] Nicknames « GET UP! The 9th Minute Salute for Chuck Deezy […]


  12. Posted by Mark T on 2009/10/14 at 1:35 PM

    Salute picked-up by the AP and reported on


  13. […] out and showing there support like crazy in the soccer community.  A good soccer blog called “The Shin Guardian” is calling for a standing ovation in the 9th minute of tonight’s game to show your support […]


  14. […] GET UP! The 9th Minute Salute for Chuck Deezy Add to: Facebook | Digg | | Stumbleupon | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine […]


  15. […] by GET UP! The 9th Minute Salute for Chuck Deezy « The Shin Guardian on 2009/10/15 at 6:30 […]


  16. […] A soccer blog helped rally fans to support Charlie by spreading the word to print out black #9’s and holding them up during the 9th minute of the game. This message was then retweeted by several soccer players. This resulted in national coverage as the AP covered it. The result, as reported by the Guardian, was phenomenal: thousands of fans showed up holding the signs as well as banners wishing him a speedy recovery. Credit: leafblower […]


  17. […] first inductee is Eric Wheatley of the Baltimore Brigade who posted a comment about bringing the #9 for the Ninth Minute Salute for Charlie Davies because “a couple […]


  18. […] post that helped get it going is here. And you can find TSG’s match review here.) The 9th Minute Salute for Charlie […]


  19. […] wordsmithed the message. We settled on the word “Salute” as we thought “Tribute” or “Memory […]


  20. It was a magical day for all who experienced it.
    I am honored to have played part in it.


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