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Military News from the NFL Draft

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Army veteran and University of Texas player Nate Boyer and the Naval Academy’s Joe Cardona have both connected with pro football teams during the NFL Draft this past weekend in Chicago. Both players are long snap specialists but each has taken a very different path to his NFL opportunity. Both players have shots with recent Super Bowl winners: Boyer signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent and Cardona was selected by the New England Patriots in the fifth round. +Continue Reading

Navy Grad Makes Major League Debut

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Mitch Harris, the Naval Academy grad who got called up by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, made his major league debut on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. His moment of career triumph was tempered somewhat because he came into the game after Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright injured his achilles tendon coming out of the batter’s box (and, it turns out, possibly ended his season. +Continue Reading

Naval Academy Grad Makes the Bigs

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Pitcher Mitch Harris graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2008 and got drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Navy denied a waiver that would allow him to delay his service commitment to purse professional sports, so baseball had to wait. Mitch spent the next five years fulfilling his service obligation, criss-crossing the globe with service aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf, participating in drug stings in South America and on diplomatic assignment in Russia.

The odds that Mitch Harris would ever have a shot at a sports career declined every month he was away from the game, but the Cards let him have another shot two years ago in their minor league system. Harris fought his way through the minor league system and this week St. Louis called him up to the major league club. He’ll be on the roster for Tuesday’s series opener with the Washington Nationals tonight in DC. +Continue Reading

34-Year-Old Army Vet Aims for NFL Career

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On September 11, 2001, Nate Boyer was a 20-year-old at loose ends, living in a tiny Los Angeles apartment when an early-morning phone call from his mom alerted him to the terror attacks on the east coast. Like a lot of guys his age, those events eventually inspired him to enlist in the Army, where he became a Green Beret and served multiple tours in Afghanistan.

He enrolled at the University of Texas in 2009 and made the football team as a walk-on, playing in 38 games before he finished his college career. Before trying out for the Longhorns, Boyer had never played a game of organized football. +Continue Reading

Scenes From Navy’s Win over Army in 115th Army-Navy Game

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By Michael Hoffman

The Naval Academy beat their academy rivals, West Point, by a score of 17–10 in the 115th Army-Navy Game held Dec. 13 in Baltimore, Maryland. The day started with ESPN’s Gameday show live from the Baltimore Harbor next to the site of this year’s game. The traditional fly-overs, parachute jumps and other events preceded the game. Army put up a fight against Navy who has recently dominated the series. However, Navy pulled away in the second half and beat Army 17–10 for the Midshipmen’s 13th straight victory.

Top 8 Photos From West Point’s Army-Navy Pentagon Pep Rally

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By Michael Hoffman

Army’s top two officials led a pep rally on Friday in the Pentagon courtyard for the U.S. Military Academy ahead of Saturday’s annual Army-Navy football game, which will be played in Baltimore, Maryland. Army Secretary John McHugh rode in on a Humvee armed with a t-shirt cannon. Meanwhile, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, a West Point grad himself, promised that this would be the year Army would end its 12-game winning streak. West Point’s band and cheerleaders joined in on the festivities.

 

Top 10 Photos From Naval Academy’s Army-Navy Pentagon Pep Rally

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes a photo with Naval Academy cheerleaders outside his office after getting off the phone with President Obama on Thursday. (Military.com/Michael Hoffman)

By Michael Hoffman

Midshipmen and the Naval Academy’s superintendent descended on the Pentagon Thursday for the Navy’s annual Army-Navy pep rally before Saturday’s game in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mids met with Chief Naval Officer Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the rally. The Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy’s football teams have been playing football since 1890. Navy currently has a 12 game winning streak. Check out our exclusive slideshow:

 

 

Top 11 Army-Navy Football Spirit Videos

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The Army-Navy game is one of America’s greatest football rivalries and the series continues this Saturday at 3pm at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Weather is predicted to be much improved over last year’s snowstorm, where Navy rolled Army 34–7 to extend its winning streak to a dozen games. The result also cost Army coach Rich Ellerson his job. New coach Jeff Monken knows his the success or failure of his first season is riding on this game.

Alabama-Auburn, Harvard-Yale, Michigan-Ohio State and Oklahoma-Texas may be the only rivalries that compare to Army-Navy, but none of those teams have generated the kind of elaborate spirit videos that now constitute a modern tradition. Check out some of the best ones below and taunt the other side in the comments: +Continue Reading

Which SEAL Can Inspire Your Team to Victory?

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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.

If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?

Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading

Jumping From the Edge of Space

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Alan Eustace shocked everyone last week when he broke Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall altitude record, breaking the speed of sound and falling over 25 miles in 15 minutes. That’s just crazy, and it’s even harder to believe when you learn that Eustace didn’t use a space capsule like Baumgartner did: he went up in a small balloon that allowed him to perform his feat for a fraction of the cost.

Eustace has a day job as “senior vice president of knowledge” at Google and, at 57, he’s pretty old for an extreme athlete. There were a lot of engineering innovations to mitigate the risk, but testing only gets you so far. +Continue Reading