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White House visit worthy of our attention

White House visit worthy of our attention

Air Force football visited the White House Tuesday because it won the coveted Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in the rivalry with Army and Navy. If you missed reading or seeing video from your usual sports media outlets, you’re not alone.The ceremony with the president rarely, if...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

From the JV team to standing next to the President

From the JV team to standing next to the President

Each year the nation’s championship professional and collegiate teams parade through the White House to meet President Obama. They present him with an official ball and a jersey to represent their championship season. It’s a safe to say, though, that Air Force Academy football...

Bradshaw works at balancing act with Army offense

Bradshaw works at balancing act with Army offense

A quick analysis of Army West Point football’s four-year bowl drought is to compare the Black Knights' anemic passing game to numbers Air Force and Navy posted the past two years while they split the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. For the 2014 season, Air Force earned the trophy...

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

I was still researching and writing “Raye of Light” when North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was named to receive the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony with President Obama in 2013.In addition to detailing Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty’s...

Air Forces Hart displays his heart on and off the field

Air Forces Hart displays his heart on and off the field

By the very definition of "military academy student-athlete," an Air Force football player’s time is arranged for him. Air Force senior fullback Broam Hart's schedule is one of two listed on the weekly Air Force Game Notes as an example of how the Falcons have a full day from...