West Point more than football to lieutenant Maples
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West Point more than football to lieutenant Maples

AFAN: Air Force, Army, Navy newsletter on former Black Knights running back Raymond Maples

Photo: Raymond Maples was a two-time 1,000-yard rusher for the Black Knights.

Army West Point two-time 1,000-yard rusher Raymond Maples – now identified as Second Lieutenant Maples — watched his first Army-Navy Game as an alumnus last weekend.

“It hurts a lot,” said Maples of Army’s 21-17 near-upset of No. 21-ranked Navy Saturday in Philadelphia. “I know that feeling in the locker room after the Army-Navy Game." ...



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He 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. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented 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. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."