Bonner makes most of Navy opportunity
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Bonner makes most of Navy opportunity

AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter on Navy slotback Darryl Bonner

Photo: Navy's Darryl Bonner

Darryl Bonner’s underdog tale is the latest “Rudy”-like story that often has played out at Navy. Similar stories over the years take place at Army and Air Force, too.

That’s what makes academy football a special opportunity for undersized athletes with the hearts of overachievers. A high school athlete that doesn’t measure up to standard Division I football recruiting profiles gains more time to develop at the academie. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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