Redskins’ Eric Kettani promoted to lieutenant

Redskins fullback Eric Kettani is now Navy Lieutenant Eric Kettani.

Kettani, who played his college football at Navy, has committed to serving six more years in the Navy reserves. He was promoted to Lieutenant on Monday in a ceremony at the team’s practice facility, attended by his teammates and coaches.

It’s an honor for me,” Kettani said, via CSNWashington.com. “On weekends last month I was at the Pentagon doing some reserve stuff and then playing football. It’s hard to do. But this is what I signed up for.”

Kettani chose his father, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Redskins running backs coach Bobby Turner to pin on his lieutenant bars. Shanahan said he was honored to be a part of it.

“I’ve had guys in the military, but not a lieutenant,” Shanahan said. “I have to salute to him now. He’s a great representative for our country.”

And a great representative for the NFL.

39 responses to “Redskins’ Eric Kettani promoted to lieutenant

  1. Congrats Kettani, to bad you were drafted by the Washington R-Word and you will lose every game this year. Worst organization in the NFL.

  2. John Mara thinks all official Navy records of Roger Staubach & Eric Kettani should be erased.
    And Eli Manning should be made Admiral.

  3. Thank you for your service Eric. Fortunately you have a great military career to fall back on if you’re released this Summer. Starting FB Darrell Young won’t go quietly.

  4. Fantastic story. Much respect to all who serve our nation’s military with honor. God Bless America!!

  5. Another of the high class, super strong character players on the Redskins, the classiest, most dominant NFL team in history. I am so proud to be a Redskins fan. The best organization in sports. A shining example for everyone in society.

  6. “Kettani chose his father, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan…”

    I’m an idiot. Totally thought Mike Shanahan was his father for a second.

  7. As a former member of the US Navy member (12 years total, 5 active, 7 reserve), I only reached SK2 (E-5), while serving. It is great that he is able to do both, be an NFL player and a US Navy Reservist without having his commitment to football questioned. And, since he is a veteran and therefore a brother of mine, I wish him the best. Hoo-Rah, Shipmate!

  8. Kettani is a class act.

    Not to be a smart-ass here, but after all this I really hope he can make the 53 man roster. If they’re keeping 4 or maybe even 5 tight ends then I bet they don’t keep 2 fullbacks.

  9. phinsneverwin says: Jun 4, 2013 8:46 AM
    Its about time you see a Redskins player succeding.. b/c you know that don’t do that on the field.
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    If youre going to be a hater try to learn how to spell so you don’t look so stupid!

    ravanator says: Jun 4, 2013 8:54 AM
    Congrats Kettani, to bad you were drafted by the Washington R-Word and you will lose every game this year. Worst organization in the NFL.
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    Who was the last team to beat the Ravens before they won the Super Bowl? RIGHT it was the Redskins with a second string QB at the helm. What does that say about the Ravens organization that just destroyed their team by giving a clown like Flako more money than the team is worth.

  10. Congrats to him. He is a former Patriot so I like to follow his career. Very interesting he chose Shanny. There’s more to Shanny than meets the eye, methinks.

    I await McNabb’s critique on his choice of Shanny. 😀

  11. For what it’s worth – the promotion to O-3 is almost guaranteed. He got his SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) designation and hasn’t grounded a ship. Getting “qual’d” gets you this promotion. I was a SWO myself. The next promotion – O-4 (Lieutenant Commander) is where the promotions start to get tough. He’ll need to attend and pass department head school – that’s a fairly tough course. He won’t have time to play football to complete this – if memory serves, that’s about 9 months (in sunny Newport, RI). He’ll also have to have at least one successful department head tour and qualify as what’s called a TAO (tactical actions officer). Be interesting to see what he opts for. Props to him nonetheless…

  12. phuriousjorge says: Jun 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    U.S. enlisted officer on a team named the Redskins? Sparks will fly…
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    One is either an enlisted person OR an officer, not both.

    Congratulations, Lt. Kettani. Most if not all of us here appreciate your service.

  13. 1776dejavu says:
    Who was the last team to beat the Ravens before they won the Super Bowl?
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    The answer is irrelevant because that team didn’t win the superbowl, the Ravens did. Better luck next season…

  14. Really?? Who are the d-bags giving a thumbs down to the comments that are congratulating this guy? This a great achievement for Lieutenant Kettani.

  15. Skins organization and team has really turned around, they are o e of the top 5 franchises in the league

  16. Who was the last team to beat the Ravens before they won the Super Bowl? RIGHT it was the Redskins with a second string QB at the helm. What does that say about the Ravens organization that just destroyed their team by giving a clown like Flako more money than the team is worth.

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    Possibly the worst post on PFT ever. Bravo – the R-words beat a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. You should be so proud.

    Hey, the Seahawks beat the R-Words in the playoffs and the R-words beat the Super Bowl champs in a meaningless game in the regular season…. doesn’t that make the Seahawks Super Duper NFL Champs?

  17. I had to laugh that I received 3 thumbs down ratings on my last post. I describe in detail what a surface warfare officer has to go through (from personal experience) to get promoted and get 3 thumbs down. Not that I’m mad or concerned, but just curious from a logic perspective. Do the thumbs down mean that they don’t like what a naval officer has to go through? Is it a problem that I described it? Or are they just not reading, but reacting…inquisitive minds want to know…

  18. footballhistorian says: Jun 4, 2013 2:12 PM

    I had to laugh that I received 3 thumbs down ratings on my last post. I describe in detail what a surface warfare officer has to go through (from personal experience) to get promoted and get 3 thumbs down. Not that I’m mad or concerned, but just curious from a logic perspective. Do the thumbs down mean that they don’t like what a naval officer has to go through? Is it a problem that I described it? Or are they just not reading, but reacting…inquisitive minds want to know…
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    The people that thumb you down are either consummate Redskins haters or people who don’t like you posting about something that’s only related to football through this story.

  19. tvguy22 says: Jun 4, 2013 9:07 AM

    Respect.

    I don’t see how 24 said thumbs down to this post,don’t y’all have respect for anything or anybody.

  20. geniusesq says: Jun 4, 2013 9:06 AM

    Thank you for your service Eric. Fortunately you have a great military career to fall back on if you’re released this Summer. Starting FB Darrell Young won’t go quietly.
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    Don’t really understand why there’s so much resistance to this post. After five years in the league, Kettani has never made an active roster, so it’s doubtful that his career will last longer than another year or two. Luckily, Kettani is a great guy and has a terrific and respectable career ahead of him serving our country, which is more than can be said for a lot of UDFA practice squadders.

    Some of you may have read something into the comment that wasn’t intended- but clearly even Kettani knows that his NFL career won’t last much longer, and he’s planned ahead for a great life after his football days are over. I have nothing but respect for our nation’s Military, but that doesn’t mean we have to be unrealistic about their NFL prospects, especially when they are not.

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