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Riley sought to combine West Point with NFL

Riley sought to combine West Point with NFL

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Salaam and Wiggins inspired West Point WR

Salaam and Wiggins inspired West Point WR

Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner, and Stanford’s Candice Wiggins, the Wade Trophy recipient as the 2008 women’s college basketball player of the year, played their high school ball decades ago at La Jolla Country Day, an elite private school outside...

West Point offered them more than football

West Point offered them more than football

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Army’s next football season is a blank page until the season opener Aug. 31 at Rice, but last season sparked imaginations. What if the Black Knights expand their passing game within their grinding triple-option offense?The receivers and slot backs are excited about the...

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Army wide receiver Glen Coates tells an education story more Americans need to hear to understand the impactful work high school coaches and teachers provide. Their rewards are satisfying and fulfilling but certainly not financial.Instead, we live in American society that directs...

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...

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

Elijah and Army seniors living The Life of Riley

A mere three years ago Army cornerback Elijah Riley graduated from high school and arrived at West Point, but the consecutive winning seasons his senior class has put together feels like a a three-decade accomplishment. That much time has passed since Army last strung together a...

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...