Rollie Stichweh serving Army then and now
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Rollie Stichweh serving Army then and now

NFF story: Black Knights QB formed rivalry and friendship with Navy's Roger Staubach

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History links Army football’s 1964 and 2016 wins over Navy as two of the more emotional triumphs in the rivalry’s 117 meetings. Although separated by a half-century-plus, Rollie Stichweh enjoyed a hand in both victories.

First, he was West Point’s senior quarterback directing the Black Knights’ 11-8 victory. Army’s only touchdown was Stichweh’s 5-yard pass to tight end Sam Champi. The win avenged a haunting 21-15 loss in 1963 to the No. 2-ranked Midshipmen and quarterback Roger Staubach, the Heisman Trophy winner. ... 

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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

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