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Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

Posted on: October 6, 2011 7:39 pm
 
E. Kettani has been ordered to return to his Navy ship (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Patriots running back Eric Kettani made the Patriots practice squad this year, he became a nice little story. Mostly because he had spent the previous two seasons on the reserve list as an active member of the Navy and because he was continuing his dream to get paid to play football in the NFL.

And while Kettani requested leave from his superiors, his dream of NFL glory has been postponed. That’s because the Navy, according to the Boston Herald has ordered Kettani back to his ship in Jacksonville, the USS Klakring.

In its letter of denial to Kettani, the Navy wrote: “As our nation is at war, it is important to ensure we maintain our commitment to the nation’s defense. As such, a release from active duty would be inconsistent with that effort.

"I appreciate your Patriotism and service to our nation and encourage you to pursue your goal to play professional football after completion of your service in the Navy.”

Kettani understands, but he’s also sad to leave his teammates, especially when, as ESPN Boston points out, the Army allowed Colts linebacker Caleb Campbell and the Air Force allowed Eagles receiver Chad Hall to stay and play football.

"I love my country and I’m happy to serve it, but I’m also happy to be a New England Patriot," said Kettani, who will fly back to Florida at 6 a.m. Friday.  "I think some of (the Patriots) were shocked. Coach Belichick said he'd help me out in any way possible.”

In the meantime, the Patriots and the NFL should be thankful for men like Kettani, who sacrifice their dreams in order to help protect our country.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:23 am
 

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Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

I know Roger Staubach did his five years after graduation.

 

He was a 10th round draft pick in the  by the Dallas Cowboys, but due to his military commitment, did not begin playing until as a 27-year-old . He was also drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 16th round (122nd pick overall) of the .  After graduating from the Naval Academy, Staubach could have requested an assignment in the States, but he chose to volunteer for a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as a  officer for the  until 1967.  He spent the rest of his Naval career in the United States, playing football on various Naval service teams to prepare for his future career in the .

In 1969, Staubach resigned his commission, just in time to join the Cowboys training camp. The Naval Academy retired Staubach's jersey number (#12) during his graduation ceremony after his senior season. In 1981, Staubach was enshrined in the . In 2007, Staubach was ranked #9 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.


 Eric Kettani will be fine.  If The Secretary of The Navy sees fit to change his orders, then so be it.





Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:16 am
 

Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

Make us proud Shipmate! Go Navy!!!!!



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:04 am
 

Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

Hey Commonsense, 2007 wants its lame excuse back (clever), and Norv Turner wants BB's rings.



Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

Good for him the NFL could use more like him. To bad the NBA doesn't have any of these typ of guys in the league.


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