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New defense springs safety to play linebacker

New defense springs safety to play linebacker

Jacob Springer, like his Navy teammates, looked forward to putting a 3-10 record in the rear view mirror. Playing as a sophomore safety behind two seniors, he also welcomed 2019 as an opportunity to take on more responsibility as a starter. Losing is no fun, but after an...

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Imagine the number of impressive future officers Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo has guided as football players and observed as leaders the past 12 years as the Midshipmen’s head coach.Each year he has a roster of 100-some players cycling through toward graduation. Then, factor in...

Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Birdow is soaring with Falcons at Air Force

Teven Birdow was 5-years-old when his father was sentenced to prison for a home invasion case in Oklahoma City. That left Teven set up for failure, like many American youths trapped into such circumstances, but his mother started him on another path. Jamie Rodrigues went without...

Nash Rambler traveling Navy defensive road

Nash Rambler traveling Navy defensive road

As Navy’s Elan Nash answered a question detailing how the senior safety managed to come off the bench to lead his team in tackles, he sounded “Belichickian,” meaning the New England Patriots’ vaunted head coach. That’s not necessarily hyperbole.After all, Bill Belichick has...

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

A Navy, Army and Air Force player often follows a family member to the one of the service academies, but C.J. Williams’ football path to Navy had a roundabout twist. His older brother L.G. Williams led him to Navy … without attending Annapolis.L.G was recruited by Navy as a...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

The sports world’s biggest names routinely enter “The Jungle” on the Jim Rome Show, but the host still changes pace on his audience craving irreverent smack-talk with a guest that represents an ultra-conventional background. Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., MVP of the 119th...

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

If college football mic’d players for games, Army senior outside linebacker Kenneth Brinson made a play for the ideal mic drop. Navy rallied after trailing the Black Knights all afternoon in the 119th Army-Navy Game until Brinson strip-sacked the Midshipmen’s quarterback. He...

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

The Army-Navy Game never disappoints.That’s what two of us told the other as three old friends from Big Rapids, Mi., gathered from our places in the world for the 119th Army-Navy Game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. One flew in from Germany, one drove from...

They commit to football and uncertain future

They commit to football and uncertain future

“I get to work daily with heroes that joined the military AFTER we were attacked on 9/11, AFTER the war started in Afghanistan and AFTER the war started in Iraq. I would like to think I’m that brave, but I’m not so sure."-- Phil McConkey, Navy grad and New York Giants Super Bowl...