For every professional football player, there is no day of the year more important than Super Bowl Sunday. There’s not a player in the NFL who’d ever pass up the opportunity to play in the championship game. But New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona almost didn’t have a choice.
The second-year member of the team is also a U.S. Navy reservist and was scheduled to drill this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.
Cardona graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015, and shortly after, he was drafted by the New England Patriots as a fifth-round NFL pick. During Cardona’s first year on the team, he played while still on active duty. He worked full time at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport, and then drove to practice in the evenings — an hour commute each way.
“The way he handled two jobs [as a rookie] just showed a lot of maturity and that can instill a lot of confidence when you’re working with someone like that,” punter Ryan Allen told Yahoo News.
Head coach Bill Belichick agrees.
“Joe represents everything that we want to stand for,” he said at a news conference, “and he’s a great person and of course his real job, defending our freedom, is at the very top of the list.”
Belichick himself has deep ties to the Naval Academy. His late father, Steve, was a World War II veteran who coached football for more than three decades at the academy. There’s even a library at the school named after him where a collection of his historic football books is preserved, according to ESPN.
As for Cardona, I guess the Super Bowl is a pretty good reason for him to get out of drill weekend… but only if the Patriots win.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.