Tag:Chad Hall
Posted on: October 6, 2011 7:39 pm

Pats practice-squader ordered back to Navy ship

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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Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:31 am

Hot Routes: Could Devin Hester play quarterback?

Posted by Will Brinson 

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  • Todd Collins is starting and Caleb Hanie is the backup for the Bears on Sunday, but they also have a super-secret "emergency" plan, and will list someone as a third quarterback in the event that both those guys are sucked into the concussion vacuum that is the Bears' offensive line. "I'll just say without going into that and giving away too much more about our game plan, we have a guy in mind, maybe a couple of guys in mind, if we get down to No. 3," Lovie Smith said. So who is it, you wonder?  Apparently either Devin Hester or Matt Forte, which is actually way scarier than Collins or Hanie -- either/or would play the wildcat the entire game
  • Could Aaron Hernandez lead the Pats in the receiving the rest of the way? Sure -- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston notes that only 36 percent of the Patriots snaps this season have been in "pure three- or four-receiver packages," whereas they ran nearly 56 percent in those sets last year. In other words, the team was moving towards utilizing their young tight ends even before trading Moss.
  • What one word would you use to describe Danny Amendola? (Note: please don't say "Welker.") Because the rest of the Rams would say stuff like "fiesty," "electric," "quick," "tenacious," and "energetic." David Eckstein is a huge fan, duh.
  • It's 2010 and athletes announce stuff on Twitter, so it should be no surprise that Chad Hall dropped his promotion off the Eagles practice squad vis-a-vis social media.
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