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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

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

A Vietnam Vet Story from Director Errol Morris

  • March 5, 2015
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First off, apologies to director Errol Morris for giving away the slowly-revealed point of his new short movie Subterranean Stadium, streaming now at ESPN’s Grantland website as part of their Errol Morris Week and his “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” film series. On the surface, it’s a profile of a bunch of guys in upstate New York who are obsessed with playing electric football, the primitive tabletop predecessor to video games.

It’s really a movie about a Vietnam veteran who’s struggled with health issues related to Agent Orange exposure and how his connections with family and friends helped him cope. Electric football is just the pastime he used to make those connections. Go here to watch the movie, as ESPN still hasn’t fixed its embeddable video to work on our publishing platform (a/k/a the world’s most popular). +Continue Reading

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


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


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. ( 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:



Family Viewing for the Holiday

  • December 11, 2014
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If you’re trying to extend family time once the presents have been opened on Christmas, the right movie can keep everyone in the same room for at least a few more hours. Three new home video releases can help extend that holiday togetherness. +Continue Reading

Top 11 Army-Navy Football Spirit Videos


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

Army Ranger Signs NFL Contract


The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they’ve signed 6-foot-9 Army vet Alejandro Villanueva to a rookie free-agent contract. Villanueva will come to training camp as a defensive linemen, although he played for the Army Black Knights as both a wide receiver and offensive left tackle.

Since his final college season in 2009, Villanueva has served three tours in Afghanistan and was recently promoted to captain. He earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor during his first tour for moving forward under enemy fire to pull wounded soldiers from an isolated position. +Continue Reading