After being a all star at the US Naval Academy by rushing for more than 2,000 yards Eric Ketanni hit the big time when he was drafted to the NFL and placed on the playing square of the New England Patriots.
That dream will be cut short for the time being — Kettani had requested leave for the last two weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. That request was denied, and Kettani will reported to his Navy ship, the USS Klakring, in Jacksonville on Friday. Kettani will fly out at 6 a.m. ET.
Last night Eric tweeted: “God Bless America!” and posted the photo below.
“I love my country and I’m happy to serve it, but I’m also happy to be a New England Patriot,” Kettani said on Thursday. “I think some of them [his teammates] were shocked. Coach Belichick said he’d help me out in any way possible.”
The Navy’s letter denying his request read, in part:
“As our nation is at war, it is important to ensure we maintain our commitment to the nation’s defense. As such, a release from active duty would be inconsistent with that effort.
“I appreciate your Patriotism and service to our nation and encourage you to pursue your goal to play professional football after completion of your service in the Navy.”
Kettani’s military obligations also prevented him from attending the 2009 scouting combine. He entered into a five-year commitment upon graduation, though there was a possibility that he’d be able to serve the last three years of that obligation in the reserves.
Enjoy your journey’s E.. I know you are feeling like this country is on some BS.. I figured he had to be mixed or something in order for the government to keep him from getting at those NFL riches.. Got him serving his country in the middle of a recession…