It would appear that taking charge is a trait uploaded into the DNA and transferred from one generation of Beamers to another.
Thursday night David Beamer, a relatively unheralded quarterback from a Princeton High School program that survived week-to-week three years ago, came off the bench and led the West team to 28 unanswered points and a win in the Sunshine Classic all-star football game.
Beamer, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, quarterbacked that effort in every sense of the word. He’s the son of Todd Beamer, famed leader of the Sept. 11 passenger attempt to re-take control of Flight 93 from terrorists who crashed it into a Pennsylvania field.
In a game he’ll never forget, Beamer completed 16 of 18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He sneaked in for one score and then showed mobility – a tool some said he didn’t have – when he fled the pocket and scrambled two yards for the West’s final score.
What Beamer did best, however, was unite the West offense. He got relative strangers a week ago involved by completing passes to eight different receivers including the West’s other quarterback Malik Thompson from West Windsor-Plainsboro North.
Beamer’s father had a similar ability to take charge and unite a group of unknowns. David Beamer was three years old when his father is said to have led that passenger revolt against the armed terrorists who hijacked United Flight 93.