Pentagon enables Navy football captain to postpone service to play in NFL

Pentagon allows Navy football captain to delay service to play in NFL

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Navy Midshipmen cornerback Cameron Kinley commemorates throughout an NCAA Football match at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

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WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin authorized an intend on Tuesday that will enable previous Naval Academy football gamer Cameron Kinley the chance to pursue a profession in the NFL.

“Upon completion of his playing time, we look forward to welcoming him back inside the ranks as a naval officer,” Austin composed in a declaration. “I applaud Navy leadership for finding this way to showcase both Cameron’s athletic prowess, as well as the quality and professionalism of our student-athletes and our personnel,” Austin included.

The Navy had actually formerly rejected Kinley’s demand to postpone his active-duty service in order to play in the NFL.

“I am confident that Cameron will represent the Navy well in the NFL, just as he did as a standout athlete and class president at the Naval Academy,” President Joe Biden composed in a declaration. He included that “after his NFL career is over, he will continue to make us proud as an officer in the United States Navy.”

Austin’s turnaround indicates Kinley, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted novice cornerback, will now have the ability to participate in the group’s training school later on this month.

“I am extremely appreciative of Secretary Austin’s decision and I am excited to represent our fine military in the National Football League,” Kinley composed in a declaration.

The previous captain of the U.S. Navy Midshipmen football group likewise thanked numerous legislators, consisting of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for their assistance.

“Lastly, thank you to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization for believing in me and remaining patient with me throughout this process. I am excited to get back to work in Tampa Bay with my teammates,” Kinley included.