All Blacks thump Wallabies in RC opener


Best Skills on show in June Tests


Rugby Training Mistakes: Specificity


Olympic Legacy: Future for Women's Rugby


Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell


Beauden Barrett Tribute Montage


Brad Thorn out of retirement at 41!


TJ Perenara escapes ban after Cane kick


#TBT: Sebastien Chabal knockout blow

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hero Mark Bingham's legacy lives on after 9/11

As you know, yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States. One of the perhaps lesser known stories, especially outside of the US, is that one of the heroes of the United 93 flight takeover was actually a rugby player.

Mark Bingham was one of a handful of guys that took on the hijackers of United Flight 93 that famously crashed in an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing the terrorists and passengers. The flight had been taken over and was allegedly heading for Washington DC.

Bingham was openly gay, and played rugby in San Francisco since his teenage years. At 6ft4, he could handle himself but according to accounts from family and friends, was a sensitive and outgoing good guy. On that fateful day he lost his life but saved countless others, as he and a group of athletic individuals wrestled control of the plane from the hijackers, diverting it's intended course of destruction.

The following video is a fascinating account of what took place, and how rugby played such a great part in Mark's life. "Competitive sports and athletic ability really made a difference for America on that day," say's his mother, Alice Hoagland. She has since been involved in the Bingham Cup, which is now one of the largest gay rugby tournaments in the world. It will be hosted in Manchester in 2012.

The lesson in all of this is one of courage, honour, and standing up for what you believe in.

You can find out more about Mark Bingham and how rugby shaped him at Withyoufilm.com



Credit: Thanks to Yahoo Video

Don't miss out on rugby's biggest stories and most
popular videos with the new Rugbydump Daily

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:20 pm | View Comments (14)

No Comments

Viewing {[{ comments.length }]} Comments Refresh

Loading...

{[{c.num_likes}]}b· Reply · Report

Commenting as

Commenting as Guest | Register or Login

[Cancel]

All comments are moderated and will be removed immediately if offensive.
Characters: {[{ submit.char_count }]}/2000

Commenting as

Commenting as Guest | Register or Login

All comments are moderated and will be removed immediately if offensive.
Characters: {[{ submit.char_count }]}/2000