Eric Kettani receives ‘hate mail’ over his NFL-Navy arrangement
After deciding to join the NFL, Washington Redskins fullback and Navy Lt. Eric Kettani says he received hate mail.
Kettani graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009 and is now pursuing a career in the NFL, but not everyone is a fan of his decision, according to USA Today.
“I received some hate mail, saying, ‘Go back to the military, do your job, and do what you signed up for.’”
Kettani spent two years in active service after he graduated and then was told that he’d be allowed to go to the NFL. At the start of the 2011 season, he was on the Patriots’ practice squad, but the Navy reversed course and told him to report to active duty. In 2012, the Navy reversed course again and allowed him to go back to the NFL.
Washington picked up Kettani and put him on the practice squad after New England released him. NFL.com reports that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says Kettani’s chances of making the 53-man roster are “good.”
Kettani spoke about the correlation between the NFL and the Navy and how they relate.
“When I’m in the Navy, I’m trusting the guy next to me does his job same as the NFL.”
Although some people do not agree with Kettani’s decision, it should be noted that he is still currently serving this country. The Navy will continue to utilize the fullback as a public affairs officer while he awaits the possibility of playing football on Sundays this fall.