Former WCU Quarterback, Co-Pilot of United Flight 175 Left an Indelible Mark on the World

Michael Horrocks
Michael Horrocks.

Twenty years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, friends and family remember countless heroes who lost their lives on a tragic day, writes Megan Magensky for CBS 21. Among them was Michael Horrocks, a quarterback who captained the West Chester University football team in the early 1980s.

Michael Horrocks was the co-pilot of United Flight 175, which terrorists forced to crash into the World Trade Center’s second tower.

Horrocks is remembered for much more than his death. He was a football player, a Marine, a father. Micahel’s family lives in the Philly area, and his children were six and nine at the time of the fateful crash.

“He was one of those guys that kind of got along with everybody,” said friend Doug Jones. “I don’t think he had any enemies. He was just an awesome, awesome guy.”

It took Jones weeks to find out his friend was on the second plane that crashed in Lower Manhattan. He had no idea that his school friend was a pilot on the plane.

“You really don’t believe it at first. You’re almost like in shock where it’s like is this for real?” he recalled.

Read more about Michael Horrocks at CBS 21.