Honoring the Former College Football Players Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11

Of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 19 years ago, at least 10 of those people were former college football players.

The ex-players who lost their lives took a variety of career paths since playing football for their respective universities. Some were firefighters who helped rescue people during the attacks, while others worked in the buildings or were on flights during attacks.

The college football subreddit's Twitter account shared a thread remembering former players who lost their lives that day.

Brent Woodall

Brent Woodall played football for Cal from 1990-1993 as a tight end. In 1990, he received the team’s Frank Storment Award which is awarded to the most outstanding student-athlete from Southern California. pic.twitter.com/3Sy9Mhjkn2

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Woodall played for the University of California, Berkley Golden Bears from 1990 to 1993, when he graduated with a business degree, according to the September 11 Families Association. In 1991, he was ranked as the number eight player in the country. He was in his office at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods in the World Trade Center South Tower. After his death, friends and family established the Brent Woodall Memorial Scholarship Fund for students at Berkley in his honor.

Joe Eacobacci

Joe Eacobacci played football for Georgetown from 1992-1995 as a safety and linebacker. He earned all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors in 1993 the year Georgetown moved from Division III to Division I-AA. As a senior linebacker he was one of three captains. pic.twitter.com/PrXH3Zwi0N

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Eacobacci began playing for Georgetown in 1992. According to The New York Times, he became one of three captains in the 1995 season. In 2002, Georgetown retired his number 35, and beginning in 2003, the Joe Eacobacci memorial jersey was established. The 35 jersey is awarded to the team's best player each year, in Eacobacci's honor. "The student-athletes chosen to wear the No. 35 jersey have been selected based not only on on-feld performance, but a combination of skills and intangibles that have cemented Eacobacci's place in Georgetown football history," the Georgetown athletics website states.

David Pruim

David Pruim played guard for Hope College from 1968-1970. He was a three year starter. David was last seen in his office on the 103rd floor of the South Tower. pic.twitter.com/kNypnNvWCt

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Pruim was a senior vice president at Aon Corp. According to the website for Michigan's Hope College website, he was an offensive guard for his alma mater's football team for three years. He started as a senior.

James Gray

Firefighter James Gray played football for College of the Desert in 1985 as an outside linebacker. Gray was a 5 year veteran of FDNY. He was last seen on the 35th floor of the North Tower with Ladder crew 20. pic.twitter.com/xGjTqya9wr

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Gray was one of two former players for California's College of the Desert who went on to become FDNY firefighters and who died while trying to save people in the attacks. Gray was a linebacker for the team starting in 1985, according to The Desert Sun. He had been in the fire department for five years. SI Live reported that becoming a firefighter was a lifelong dream for Gray.

Daniel Suhr

Firefighter Daniel Suhr played football for College of the Desert as a sophomore in 1983 as a linebacker where he was named to the Foothill Conference All-Defensive team. The Roadrunners went from 0-10 to 6-2-1 with the defense Suhr helped lead only giving up 9.8 points per game. pic.twitter.com/S1wuwwcoCl

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 11, 2020

Suhr was also a linebacker for College of the Desert, playing as a sophomore in 1983. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Suhr had earned the nickname "Captain America" from his fellow firefighters, because he wanted to make sure that everyone was safe. College of the Desert has a sign honoring both Suhr and Gray that says, "Carry the Spirit/Give it Your All!"

Chris Gray

Christopher Gray played was a West Virginia quarterback from 1987 to 1991. He played in games his freshman and senior years nearly leading a comeback victory over Virginia Tech in the final seconds. A scholarship to West Virginia Football Players is awarded in his name. pic.twitter.com/rEdfOKc6ir

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Gray was a quarterback for West Virginia University between 1987 and 1991. According to WV Metro News, Gray's family established a scholarship in his name after his death. Gray had tried out for the Miami Dolphins, but worked for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. Every year, as noted by WV Metro News, the students who are awarded the Chris Gray Memorial Scholarship write a letter to Gray's father, Jim, thanking him for the opportunity.

Rob Lenoir

Rob Lenoir played football for Duke from 1981-1983 as a defensive tackle. He was a member of two of the five winning seasons Duke experienced in the 1980s and 1990s. pic.twitter.com/SfAQ0NNIVj

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A former defensive tackle for Duke University in the 1980s, Lenoir was an investment banker at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, according to the Duke Athletic website. Lenoir played for the Blue Devils on two teams that had winning records.

Tom Burnett

Tom Burnett played quarterback for St. John's in Minnesota from 1981-1982. Tom was one of the four passengers aboard United Flight 93 who rushed the hijackers to retake control of the plane. pic.twitter.com/1biNPNwAkn

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Burnett was a quarterback for St. John's University in Minnesota. According to the Tom Burnett Family Foundation, after he played for two years, an injury cut his college football career short, and he transferred to the University of Minnesota. He was vice president and chief operating officer of Thoratec Corporation. He was a passenger on Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania. Transcripts of his calls with his wife from the flight show that he was one of the passengers who helped bring the plane down in a field, preventing another building from being attacked. Thoratec set up a memorial fund in his honor.

Michael Horrocks

Michael Horrocks played quarterback for West Chester University from 1981-1983. Michael led West Chester to their first victory over the University of Delaware in 23 years in his first career start. Michael was the co-pilot on United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower. pic.twitter.com/YhcUGAg4JP

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Horrocks was a quarterback for West Chester University in Pennsylvania, according to Penn Live. He was a pilot on United Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Post and Courier reported that Horrocks had called his wife before the flight took off. His son and daughter both followed in his footsteps becoming student athletes at High Point (playing lacrosse) and College of Charleston (for track), respectively.

Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett played football for Ferris State from 1989-1992. He was a walk-on center and became a two year starter. He lead Ferris State to their first Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. pic.twitter.com/SphJni0IB5

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Bennett began his collegiate football career at Michigan's Ferris University in 1989. According to the Big Rapids Pioneer, he was part of the team for the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference Championship in 1992 for his senior year. "(Eric) wasn't necessarily the best athlete, but you knew every play he was going to give it all he had. He was a great ambassador for Ferris and a good role model for future student-athletes," the college's former athletic director, Tom Kirinovic, told the Pioneer.

Newsweek submitted a media inquiry form via the NCAA website for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City. At least 10 former college football players died in the attacks. Fabina Sbina/ Hugh Zareasky/Getty