On September 11th, 2001 the world stopped as the United States of America was under attack. As many Americans stood paralyzed in fear within their own homes and on the streets below, Mark Bingham and Jeremy Glick were two of 40 passengers aboard United Flight 93 when the hijacking occurred.
Jeremy Glick was a dual sport athlete at the University of Rochester from 1990-1993. He was an accomplished rugby player for Rochester and served as team captain from 1992-1993. He was also a member of the Judo team and a 1993 National Collegiate Judo Champion. His athletic ability and leadership skills would prepare him for the most important match of his life.
When terrorists seized United Flight 93, fellow ruggers Bingham and Glick teamed up and valiantly rushed the hijackers, forcing the plane down into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Teammates for less than an hour, Mark and Jeremy made the word “rugby” synonymous with the words “patriot” and “hero”. US Rugby should be proud. When Mark Bingham and Jeremy Glick found themselves at the center of a national crisis, they teamed up and stormed the cockpit of Flight 93. The rugby players on board were ready and took action,” said Cal’s Head Rugby Coach, Jack Clark.
As a result of Mark and Jeremy’s actions, they helped save the lives of countless individuals.
They both respectively received numerous honors for their act of heroism, including: the Arthur Ashe Courage Award by ESPN Sports in 2002; bestowed the Medal of Heroism, the highest civilian honor Given by the Sons of the American Revolution; and were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal along with the crew and passengers of United Flight 93.
Jeremy Glick is remembered as a talented athlete, beloved son, husband, father, and friend, an outstanding person, and most importantly an American hero.