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U.S. Navy releases Eric Kettani to play for Patriots

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Last year, Eric Kettani started the season on the Patriots’ practice squad, but he had to leave when the U.S. Navy called him back to active duty. Now the Navy has informed Kettani that he will be permitted to make football his primary focus.

Kettani, a fullback who played college football at the U.S. Naval Academy, requested an early release from active duty so he could pursue an NFL career, and the Navy announced that Kettani has been granted that release.

For much of 2011 Kettani was allowed to practice with the Patriots while also serving the Navy by giving it publicity and working with the Wounded Warrior Project. Then in October Kettani was ordered to report to his Navy ship in Jacksonville, telling him in a letter, “As our nation is at war, it is important to ensure we maintain our commitment to the nation’s defense.”

Now Kettani has been granted his wish, and he’ll be with the Patriots throughout the offseason, with a chance to make the roster and play for all of 2012.

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53 Responses to “U.S. Navy releases Eric Kettani to play for Patriots”
  1. nogoodell says: Apr 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    Priorities

  2. dynaco says: Apr 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    A year away from the Pats convoluted offence means Kettani aint Getinany.

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:28 PM

    awesome! even though you’re on the pats i will cheer for you! good luck sir and thank you

  4. keyshawn22 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    what a joke!

    Great job military letting someone out to go play football. What about all the soldiers that are going to become doctors and teachers, how about you let them out early to go do something actually productive for society.

    The Navy should be embarrased

  5. klee0384 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    Gotta root for this guy.

  6. onlysane1intheroom says: Apr 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    Thanks, Eric, for your service.

  7. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    Rex Ryan better pay attention … this could complete the option they will run with Tebow.

    lmao

  8. jagsfanugh says: Apr 25, 2012 7:40 PM

    Haters will hate but awesome story.

  9. mjkelly77 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:42 PM

    Good luck, Eric.

    I wonder why when the Detroit Lions drafted Caleb Campbell in 2008, he was ordered by the US Army to serve his military service time which prevented him from playing for two years. I guess the Army is just tougher than the Navy.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:45 PM

    keyshawn22 says:Apr 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    what a joke!

    Great job military letting someone out to go play football. What about all the soldiers that are going to become doctors and teachers, how about you let them out early to go do something actually productive for society.

    The Navy should be embarrased
    _____________

    They can be doctors and teachers in the Navy. After college, the NFL is really the only spot to play football.

  11. bozosforall says: Apr 25, 2012 7:49 PM

    Looks like Kettani “cheated” the system. Figures that he ends up with the team most known for cheating.

  12. majbobby says: Apr 25, 2012 7:58 PM

    You can thank the downsizing for this release

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    What an odd way of telling us the war is apparently over.

  14. romoscollarbone says: Apr 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    I always thought they should let guys from the service academy, play whatever sport and do their time afterwards. All while reporting to base here and there to ensure their fitness is within the requirements.

  15. mrguygadbois says: Apr 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    Good luck to him- has earned at least the opportunity to compete for an NFL job.

  16. caseyanthonymunoz says: Apr 25, 2012 8:32 PM

    The CIA is also allowing some of their spies to go work for the Saints.

  17. backindasaddle says: Apr 25, 2012 8:35 PM

    According Michael Irvin, this guy is not allowed to be a turd because he’s not a “special” elite football player. Therefore he has to be a good human being. I guess that’s why he went to Annapolis and hardened his commitment to strong values, character, integrity and honor. If he was a special elite football player he could have just gone to a Southern football factory “college” and received no education, smoked pot, gotten arrested, got kicked out “college”, got into another football factory “college”, continued to get no education, got caught smoking pot again and got arrested again…… BUT that would have all been OK…… because Micheal Irvin says if you’re a special elite football player you don’t need to be a good person and it’s perfectly OK to a turd.

  18. profootballwalk says: Apr 25, 2012 8:38 PM

    All those who want to complain – go enlist tomorrow, then get back to us.

  19. ctiggs says: Apr 25, 2012 8:38 PM

    Lol i’d expect a bunch of people that haven’t served to hate on this guy. For one the ( government) is looking to cut back or save money, so for people that are looking to get out the military it saves the government money, and they are taking these request by the thousands.Several hundred of my fellow shipmates and I were in the U S Coast Guard and got out for BETTER oppurtunites like school, jobs etc. I loved the service and what i did but i also have to better my future i used the service as my stepping stone. This guy can do the same and guess what? the Navy will still be there when he is done with football. He can always go back in.

  20. ambitoos says: Apr 25, 2012 8:50 PM

    Why wouldn’t they do that for David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. They made him serve his full enlistment and there was no war at that time.

  21. thetruth1313 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    I served my country proudly as a United States Marine but its comments like the unpatriotic fool like Bozo’s mocking someone who puts their country before their own life. Guarantee you wouldn’t make it thru one day you coward.

  22. johanneschimpo says: Apr 25, 2012 9:07 PM

    Quit thanking this dude for his service. He was on a boat in Jacksonville. BFD.

    Go thank my coworker who got blown up twice by IEDs, bunch of couch patriots.

  23. junebug42 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:20 PM

    Good Luck Erick!!!!! Realy do hope to see you playing on Sundays…Thanks for ur service bro!!!!

  24. bozosforall says: Apr 25, 2012 9:21 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    Apr 25, 2012 8:35 PM
    According Michael Irvin, this guy is not allowed to be a turd because he’s not a “special” elite football player. Therefore he has to be a good human being. I guess that’s why he went to Annapolis and hardened his commitment to strong values, character, integrity and honor. If he was a special elite football player he could have just gone to a Southern football factory “college” and received no education, smoked pot, gotten arrested, got kicked out “college”, got into another football factory “college”, continued to get no education, got caught smoking pot again and got arrested again…… BUT that would have all been OK…… because Micheal Irvin says if you’re a special elite football player you don’t need to be a good person and it’s perfectly OK to a turd.

    __
    Southern football factory “college”? You mean like that Northern basketball factory “college” named UCONN? The one that has to sit out the 2012-2013 NCAA tournament, because of its past players’ sub-par Academic Performance Rate. Or how that Northern “college” UCONN Lyle McCombs was suspended from the UConn football team indefinitely after being charged with possession of a controlled substance or less than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia? Or all of the UCONN athletes (just since 2006) that have left the UCONN basketball program without a degree or being a 1st round NBA pick: Jamal Trice, Jonathon Mandeldove, Charles Okwandu, Darius Smith, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, Alex Oriachi, Ater Majok, Nate Miles, Scottie Harlason, Doug Wiggins, Curtis Kelly, Ben Eaves, Stanley Robinson.

    And that is just ONE example of how stupid your attempt to single out the Southern schools is. STHU, backdoorinyoursaddle.

  25. foxboroflash says: Apr 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    Eric Kettani was in active duty the same amount of time that Caleb Campbell was, 2 1/2 years while David Robinson served 2 years.

    Why all the hate against Eric Kettani. Anyone ready to take potshots against David Robinson? I would hope not.

  26. wfingers23 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    ambitoos says:
    Apr 25, 2012 8:50 PM
    Why wouldn’t they do that for David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. They made him serve his full enlistment and there was no war at that time.

    ——————————

    Times have changed. They made him help “advertise” the navy and he will continue to do so im sure

  27. rcali says: Apr 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    I forgot, who are we at war with this week?

  28. fran021 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    My son, who served eight years after 9/11/ tells me that if someone is not planning to re-up for another four years, the army/navy/whatever, is releasing people early to get the numbers down. They’re not doing him any favors, they’re just cutting bodies.

  29. soobster says: Apr 25, 2012 10:12 PM

    As a Marine Veteran who saw countless numbers of fellow Leathernecks get stop-lossed and denied early Terminal to start their college semesters…

    This is the epitome of B.S.

    Semper I, F the other guy, right?

  30. i10east says: Apr 25, 2012 10:21 PM

    It’s time for a cheesy heartwarming cliche; So I’ll say that he is truly a Patriot both on and off the field.

  31. holdthemayo123 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    Why wouldn’t they do that for David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. They made him serve his full enlistment and there was no war at that time.

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    Robinson’s service was reduced to 2 years actually.

  32. ytsejamer1 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:56 PM

    Good luck to him. I doubt he’ll make the roster, but will be pulling for him. Regardless, we’re all in his debt and appreciate his service on our behalf!

  33. bozosforall says: Apr 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  34. dyims says: Apr 26, 2012 12:08 AM

    It is amazing just how bitter and how much of an imbecile bozosfor all is. What’s the matter bozo someone in the NE area put you down for coming on to him??? Why don’t you stay under your daddy’s skirt and quit embarrassing yourself. Oh wait… isn’t what you do a form of self-flagelation???

  35. drewzducks says: Apr 26, 2012 12:10 AM

    BJSforall…spoken like someone with a twelve year old mentality.

    Why don’t you go tear a labrum.

    Hahahahahaha 2004 ALCS… Greatest choke in sports history !

  36. slew55 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:18 AM

    Roger Staubach led Navy to a #2 ranking and an appearance in a national championship game. He won the Heisman Trophy, served his time in the military including a one year tour in Vietnam, and then as a 27 year old rookie went on to win two super bowls with the Cowboys. Just sayin’….

  37. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:28 AM

    After reading nothing but articles about fools like Saints, NFLN losers, & draft hopeful dopers, it’s refreshing to see somebody doing the right thing.
    Michael Irvin would not understand.

  38. wadinmypants says: Apr 26, 2012 12:35 AM

    Ditto bozosforall. You forgot to mention how butt ugly chicks are in Boston. Ugliest sea of female creatures I have ever seen. Not only are they the city of chokers but also the city of fugly women. Sure glad I live in Cali!

  39. evilmajortom says: Apr 26, 2012 12:58 AM

    ctiggs says: Apr 25, 2012 8:38 PM
    “i used the service as my stepping stone.”

    “Used” being the key word. nuff’ said.

  40. jimbo75025 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:30 AM

    Eh, I see both arguments to this…..

    On one hand, he signed up knowing his education came with a committment. No 5 star prospect in any sport is ever going to sign with a service academy-some just develop into prospects and or stars like David Robinson, Roger Staubach, etc.

    In the end though, his value as a recruiting tool probably exceeds that of spending 2 years in some non-combat role patrolling the coasts of Jacksonville. Work out some agreement allowing him/future situations to serve their time in the offseasons or in combination with public service.

    Someone else’s comment about letting doctors/lawyers/etc out to serve their profession-a bit different. The Navy pays 6-8 years of their education and those skills are needed by the services which is why an incredible amount of money is invested in giving them a gold plated education which can be used for great profit after their committment is up. To my knowledge, outside of playing in college, the Navy has no need of a fullback.

  41. ty46 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:44 AM

    The 260 people who disagreed with comment #4 should be ashamed. You probably were never in a war, but like to send others in illegal, unjust conquests (not defense).

  42. patsfiend says: Apr 26, 2012 1:45 AM

    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    ——–
    More like City of Champions, full of teams that have made you cry (booooo hooooo!!!) and drive you to troll on all Boston sports sites late at night, turd.

    Let’s see, Lakers and Yankees, won’t admit your football team, I’m guessing if you were a hockey fan it would probably be the Canadiens or Oilers, as you are such a front-runner, maybe Red Wings… but you’ll hide in your mole hole since they are not winning right now, just you’ll be hiding after the Lakers make another disgraceful exit from the NBA playoffs in a couple weeks.

    At least the Celtics will fight until the end. And by “fight” I don’t mean “elbow in the head.”

  43. latenightroach says: Apr 26, 2012 1:59 AM

    It must be nice getting special treatment with a reduced commitment to serve. What a waste of your taxpayer dollars training this selfish SOB to be a warfighter so he can just quit when he wants to play football. He ought to be ashamed of himself. I wouldn’t want this effen quitter by my side in battle.

  44. Angry Orange Man says: Apr 26, 2012 2:36 AM

    Good for this kid. One question I have is what makes this kid more special than the player (whose name I’ve forgotten) the military refused to release a few years ago? Not trying to flame this kid or his service just want to know what makes this case special.

  45. jrs1972 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 AM

    bozosforall says: Apr 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Boston CHOKES yet again!
    ———————–
    Championships in last decade:
    Pats: 3/5
    Celts: 1/1
    Redsox: 2/2
    Bruins: 1/1

    Looks like -you choked- on rational thought. Go eat some more lead paint chips.

  46. monropoobah says: Apr 26, 2012 5:00 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Apr 25, 2012 11:21 PM
    Boston CHOKES yet again! First the Red Sox last fall, then the Pats this winter, now the Bruins this spring…next the Celtics this summer…or sooner.

    City of CHOKERS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    ———————————-
    omg shut up. i hope you’re not a jet fan

  47. olcap says: Apr 26, 2012 5:54 AM

    Ah, a new definition of an American patriot – one who plays football for a team owned by a Northeastern processed food conglomerate, rather than serving his country. Priorities indeed!

  48. thetruth1313 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:02 AM

    You know all about choking, don’t ya bozo?

  49. boblavoie says: Apr 26, 2012 6:30 AM

    Thank you thetruth313,

    It’s bozos like bozosforall that make this site hard to read sometimes. I also served my country during the Vietnam War in the US Army. The only thing bozo served is the cause for stupidity. Thanks for putting him his place.
    All vets should be pulling for Eric Kattani – hope he makes the team.

  50. boblavoie says: Apr 26, 2012 6:31 AM

    bozosforall – the chicken choker!

  51. exboomer says: Apr 26, 2012 8:31 AM

    So we the taxpayers shelled out thousands of dollars to pay for his college education at the Naval Academy then because he would rather play pro football than keep the committment he made to serve his country we now end up eating that money while he potentially makes millions of dollars in the NFL. Sorry but as a retired vet I can’t support a selfish SOB like that.

  52. patsfiend says: Apr 26, 2012 2:29 PM

    It pisses me off that a post like this, about a Navy kid, has to be derailed by the trolls / jealous hater(s) like Bozo.

    Go root for your front-runner teams, loser!

  53. yourrealitybites says: Apr 26, 2012 6:06 PM

    He should have to pay back the fair market value of the education. The tax payers (many of us) did not get to vote.

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