Thursday’s NFL draft will have several college football players hoping they get a phone call from one of 32 professional teams. The opportunity to play professional football is a lifetime dream for most college players, but many of them will likely not be one of 253 draftees selected. For those not drafted, their future hinges on obtaining a roster spot through free agency or the more likely scenario: trying to figure out what they are going to do with rest of their lives beyond football.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Faith and service to country have been a big part of Ricky Dobbs’ life up to this point and the former star quarterback for Navy knows those two things will be a big part of his future. Growing up in the small town of Douglasville, Georgia, faith was sometimes all he had.
During last week’s NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected Navy’s Joe Cardona with their fifth-round pick. This great opportunity for Cardona is a reminder the Department of Defense must revisit its current policy regarding service academy athletes and their opportunities to play professional sports.