San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club raises a toast to Bay Area 9/11 hero, Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — “Let’s toast to the myth, to the man, to the legend Mark Bingham.”

It’s been 21 years since the 9/11 attacks and his rugby teammates continued the tradition of honoring Bay Area hero Mark Bingham with a toast to him.

Bingham was a first-division rugby player at UC Berkeley and one of the passengers who fought off the Flight 93 hijackers.

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“We heard about the plane that went down and we were just devastated. I think we all kind of had the feeling that if he could have done anything, he would have been that kind of person. And I remember that night and kind of said goodbye,” said Cameron Geddes, a Bingham teammate and founder of San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club.

“He had a favorite Shakespeare quote, ‘With you be lucky with you, we band of brothers,'” he said.

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“What Mark did was such a heroic act and even the rugby community is celebrated – not just as a person who did it, but as a gay rugby player.” said San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club coach Dany Samreth.

“When we started there were only four gay inclusive rugby teams in the world and his act of bravery was essentially a call for revolution as there are now over 100 gay inclusive teams” , did he declare.

“That’s why we came here today – to celebrate him – even though we’ve never met him before…to know that this guy has helped in such a big way – it makes me so proud to be here,” said the rugby player. Javier Olguin.

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“I cried all day, I don’t know. I don’t know, it’s just painful, I’m sorry,” San Francisco resident John Silverman said.

The pain still fresh—and the memory of Bingham alive.

“He’s a hero in the neighborhood. I mean, whether I know him or not, he was heroic and very popular here,” he said.

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