Naval Academy Football Player Honors American Diplomats

A Navy Wide Receiver catches a pass over an Army Cornerback in the Navy vs. Army football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Dec. 8, 2012. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Mike Hammer serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

Following Navy’s 17-13 win over Army earlier this month, you may have seen theWashington Post’s ”Sports Section” on December 9 that carried a photograph of Navy safety Kwazel Bertrand reacting to a fumble by Army late in the game.

Bertrand — appropriately wearing number 17 — was captured in that photo running off the field in victory while wearing a patch bearing the seal of the State Department. Naval Academy football players individually choose one or two patches to wear on their jersey for the Army-Navy game. Many players opt for patches with personal ties — a player may select the unit patch from a ship or squadron in which… more »

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