“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Army linebacker Andrew King honors 9/11 with inspired play
- Updated: September 11, 2016
Americans pause and remember 9/11 in many ways today, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of a fourth plane in a Pennsylvania field.
Army linebacker Andrew King’s method was a stirring performance that helped the Black Knights beat Rice 31-14 Saturday at Michie Stadium. This marks Army’s first 2-0 start since 2010 and first two-game winning streak since 1996.
King has said that his father Rhonny King’s work as a first-responder on 9/11 and the following months was his inspiration for him to commit to West Point. He wanted to serve his country.
Andrew explained that as a 7-year-old, he watched his father leave every day for work. Rhonny, then a New York Police Department sergeant and now a lieutenant, worked 12-hour shifts for two months in the aftermath of the attacks. He recovered remains and items among the debris that had been trucked to a Staten Island land fill. Items were returned to family and loved ones.
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