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Air Force safety brings the Steelehammer

Air Force safety brings the Steelehammer

Weston Steelhammer arrived at the Air Force Academy having wrestled with his tossing-and-turning choice between pursing a college football or baseball career.Air Force wanted the quarterback/safety from Shreveport (Louisiana) Calvary Baptist Academy to play football. The Academy...

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Bradshaw escapes Chicago for life at West Point

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw spent his summer taking classes, fulfilling military training and working on his game at the West Point campus. He was a long way from home, the violent streets of Chicago’s South Side.Here’s what he missed from June 11 to July 11 in the South Side...

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

West Point brotherhood boosts Carter

Chris Carter spent precious offseason free time working with a fellow West Point cadet. The goal was to improve upon his late-season splash as Army’s quarterback, including a near-upset of Navy.His friend studied his passing techniques while throwing to receivers. He advised him...

Calhoun navigates succeeding a legend

Calhoun navigates succeeding a legend

Ten years ago, Troy Calhoun left the comfort of an NFL offensive coordinator’s job – often a stepping-stone to becoming and NFL head coach — to take on one of the toughest head coaching challenges in college football.That statement, you might be thinking, refers to coaching at a...

Navy plugs in a new backfield

Navy plugs in a new backfield

If Navy running backs were graded by NFL scouts, they would be judged as system players. It’s a back-handed compliment often handed out to “system” quarterbacks to devalue their draft stock.But in the Navy triple-option, it’s not necessarily criticism. The system is designed to...

Durant overstates going to war in NBA

Durant overstates going to war in NBA

Memo to NBA multi-millionaire Kevin Durant:Your comment that you “went to war” with your Oklahoma City teammates was an unfortunate choice of words to announce your decision to join the Golden State Warriors in “The Players’ Tribune.” ... Click here for the rest of my...

Army and Air Force hope to gain QB edge

Army and Air Force hope to gain QB edge

Navy is the Alabama of service academy football. The Midshipmen have visited the White House 10 of the last 13 years as winners of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. They reload rather than rebuild.However, since football starts with the quarterback, might a door open for Air Force...

Navy pitcher Gillingham could level field

Navy pitcher Gillingham could level field

RALEIGH, N.C. — A week ago the U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 newly commissioned officers. They tossed their hats in the air, according to tradition, and were off on 30 days leave before they report for duty.There are exceptions to the rule, and six of them are playing...

Doctor Bonds contributes beyond football career

Doctor Bonds contributes beyond football career

This time of year that rare Army, Navy or Air Force football player whose name is called in the NFL Draft brings unique attention to his program’s talent level. After all, it’s takes more than athletic skill to be drafted out of a service academy.There are hitches involved....

More to Navy recruiting than season record

More to Navy recruiting than season record

Navy football finished its best season in 52 years with an 11-2 record and a No. 18 national ranking. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy and was an NFL draft pick.Sounds like the Midshipmen set themselves up to cash in on a recruiting bonanza.Well,...