Navy coaches join entire Army team at funeral for player killed in car accident
The deep respect between Army and Navy extends off the field
There is no rivalry in college football quite like Army-Navy. It's intense and historic, but ultimately both sides have the same objectives outside of the game. There's a deep level of respect that's unlike anything else in the sport.
That respect has extended beyond the field in the wake of the death of Army cornerback Brandon Jackson, who died in a single-car accident earlier this month -- one day after the school's win over Rice. Army coach Jeff Monken said Navy's coaching staff, led by Ken Niumatalolo, attended Jackson's funeral Monday alongside the entire Army football team.
Monken's close relationship with Niumatalolo dates back to their days as assistants for the Midshipmen under current Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.
This is a class move by Niumatalolo and the Navy coaches. Jackson's funeral was held a little over a week after the crash in Westchester County. The 20-year-old sophomore recorded three tackles in his final game against the Owls and contributed in all 12 games as a freshman in 2015.
Army advanced to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 1996 following a win over UTEP in Week 3.
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