It's no secret that making an NFL roster is one of the most difficult challenges that one could face. However, for Washington Redskin's fullback Eric Kettani, he has had to learn to balance his commitments to the United States Navy with his dreams of becoming a pro football player.
It hasn't been an easy road for Kettani, having the rug pulled out from underneath him once before. The U.S. Naval Academy graduate was signed by the New England Patriots in 2009 but was called upon to complete two years of active service with the United States Navy before competing in the NFL. He joined New England's practice squad in 2011 but was again called to return to his Navy commitments, effectively ending his quest to join an NFL roster.
After serving another year, Kettani struck a deal with the Navy, committing to seven years of recruiting work for the military branch in exchange for the opportunity to pursue his NFL dream. He was signed by the Redskins last September and placed on their practice squad, where he formed a bond with head coach Mike Shanahan, who was included in his pinning ceremony in his promotion to lieutenant.
Unfortunately, Kettani's chase of the NFL dream hasn't been met with unanimous approval.
"I received some hate mail. It said go back to the military and what you signed up for," Kettani said. "They have every right to say that."
While we certainly don't agree with the venom spewed in Kettani's direction, we recognize that those have the freedom to speak their mind because of brave souls like Eric Kettani and others who faithfully serve with our U.S. Military. With the Redskins releasing reserve fullback Dorson Boyce earlier this offseason, Kettani has set himself up for achieving his NFL dream and making the Washington Redskins roster.
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