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Patriots long snapper heading back to Navy for the offseason

during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

The Patriots cleaned out their lockers Monday, and one of them is heading straight into a different kind of offseason program.

Via Tim Healey of the Boston Globe, long snapper Joe Cardona will transition back to being a full-time Navy officer soon, reporting to Norfolk, Virginia to continue his training.

The Patriots drafted Cardona in the fifth round this year knowing he had a military commitment.

“This year was great, being on the field,” Cardona said. “I obviously have a higher priority than being here. It’s different. It’s important to me that I’m doing my job on both ends the best I can.”

Cardona got a one-year deferment, and worked one day a week at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. He’ll probably do the same this year, though there is paperwork to be done.

“I have a lot of support at high levels,” Cardona said. “So just like this year, working a schedule that everything comes together, I’ll be able to make my requirements for each. There’s a lot of specifics to work out. Things can always change. . . .

“It’s just navigating the waters on both ends. No pun intended.”

Of course, Cardona’s Naval obligations might be even less stressful, since his football boss treats his branch more like the CIA.

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21 Responses to “Patriots long snapper heading back to Navy for the offseason”
  1. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 26, 2016 9:48 AM

    But I thought they were getting right back to practice, since Belicheat is the most prepared and hardest working coach in the game. That’s what rootpain told me anyways. Why would they clean out their locker?
    Weird.

  2. patsfan says: Jan 26, 2016 9:48 AM

    Nice cheap sot at Belichick at the end of that.

    Belichick has been tremendously supportive of Caradona and his Navy Commitment.

  3. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 26, 2016 9:59 AM

    poor taste to end a great story…..its about Cardona .Not Belichick……and you wonder why he acts like hes does…….

  4. 1pavikingfan says: Jan 26, 2016 10:00 AM

    Not a Pats fan, but thanks for your service in the Navy !!!

  5. unoduotres says: Jan 26, 2016 10:09 AM

    Hivelocityimpactsplatter,

    You need to watch just one emotion filled Army-Navy Game. The next stop for some of these players is an assignment to a war zone, where they risk their lives, so that you can have the freedom to make such a stupid statement . Patsfan is right: Belichick and his father, who previously coached at Navy have always supported the Naval Academy programs.

  6. Surf Bandits says: Jan 26, 2016 10:18 AM

    Thank you for your service Joe Cardona.

  7. cajunaise says: Jan 26, 2016 10:19 AM

    Thank you for your service, Joe Cardona.

    And thank you, Patriots, for being AFC Finalists, thus allowing him to transition faster.

  8. patriotsdefense says: Jan 26, 2016 10:19 AM

    Thank you for your service

  9. patsfan1820 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:21 AM

    Belichick comes from a navy background so no surprise he’d give someone from there a chance. Thanks for your service Cardona.

  10. throwingstones20 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:29 AM

    You haters just can’t help yourselves can you. You repeat the same crap over and over. Crawl back into your holes. Your jealousy isn’t very becoming.

    Joe Cardona worked his a$$ off all season long performing double duty helping protect your sorry a$$es and all you can do is give the Patriots crap. How about a thank you for his service.

    Mr. Cardona thank you for your service to our great nation. One of the True American hero’s.

  11. bsizemore68 says: Jan 26, 2016 10:59 AM

    As a Dolphins fan from day one I love it when we get a few wins, however this young man deserve a big thumbs up. My son was in the class of 1987, my wife cousin was in the class of 1996, he went on to 3 space shuttle trips…there is more to this life then the football game…Bill

  12. doggeatdogg says: Jan 26, 2016 11:03 AM

    Way to go Ensign Cardona and many kudos to the Patriots for facilitating this great opportunity. I’m impressed. Go Navy.

  13. canadianbillsfan says: Jan 26, 2016 11:16 AM

    Good on him for honouring his commitments and serving his country.

    Sincerely,
    A Bills fan

  14. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 26, 2016 11:32 AM

    Just wondering where all our resident Patriots know-it-alls are these days… tedmurph, carloswlassiter and all those guys who love to go on everybody’s else’s threads and wax superior about the Patriot Way. Suddenly they’re missing in action… hmmm. Where’d ya go boys?

  15. annapterp says: Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    “Belichick comes from a navy background so no surprise he’d give someone from there a chance.”

    It’s true that Belichick does like to give guys from the Naval Academy an opportunity, but his only Navy background is his dad coached at the Naval Academy.

  16. ninerfan81 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:38 AM

    love stories like this…if more coaches would be receptive more service guys would probably get shots in the league…kudos to Kraft and The Hoodie

  17. cospgsmadman says: Jan 26, 2016 11:58 AM

    As long time Broncos fan.
    Thank you for your service.

    Cardona said. “I obviously have a higher priority than being here. It’s different. It’s important to me that I’m doing my job on both ends the best I can.”

    All I can say as an American.
    God bless and return safe .

  18. granadafan says: Jan 26, 2016 12:59 PM

    Cardona hit the physical and intellectual genetic jackpot. Getting into the Naval Academy (or any of the service academies) is extremely difficult and requires a high level of intelligence and dedication from our young men and women. On top of that, he was athletically gifted enough to EARN a spot in the NFL on one of the best teams. Our country is damned lucky to have a guy like Joe Cardona.

  19. patsfan1820 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:02 PM

    annapterp says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    “Belichick comes from a navy background so no surprise he’d give someone from there a chance.”

    It’s true that Belichick does like to give guys from the Naval Academy an opportunity, but his only Navy background is his dad coached at the Naval Academy.
    ——————————————————
    Nope his father served in the Navy from 1942-1946 after doing tours in the Pacific and Europe. He later became the coach for the Navy football team because he loved the game of football and as a way of giving back to them. Rip Steve Belichick.

  20. mheader says: Jan 26, 2016 2:41 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Cardona, for serving our country.

    It is men and women like this who make the sacrifices to preserve our safety and well-being, and also protect the right for the uninformed to say dumb things on the Internet.

  21. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 26, 2016 4:07 PM

    Thanks Joe for your service to our country first, and to the Patriots as well.

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