Lt Eric Kettani, USN, receives hate mail for pursuing his NFL dream
Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani, who is an officer in the Navy Reserve, revealed in an interview with the NFL Network that he has received “hate mail” for taking time away from his military career to pursue a spot in the NFL.
Eric Kettani is competing for a spot on the Redskins’ active roster after spending last season on the team’s practice squad.
Kettani has an arrangement with the Navy where he is allowed to work in public affairs for seven years in the reserves while he tries to make an NFL roster.
The hate mail “said ‘go back to the military and what you signed up for,’” Kettani told the NFL Network. “They have every right to say that.”
Kettani, who was on New England’s reserve/military list while serving three years of active duty following his 2009 graduation from the Naval Academy, spent last season on Washington’s practice squad after being released by the Patriots.
His time on active duty included 6½ months circumnavigating South America aboard the USS Klakring.
“We were out there surveilling and trying to find go-fasters … drug boats that were trying to carry drurugs from South America, Central America to the United States,” he told the NFL Network.
NFL.com has an interview with Lt. Kettani regarding both his Navy and football carers.
Good to see the sunshine patriots are showing their true nature. How you can attack a person that has service his country and done a fine job at it too, is beyond me.
And for fun here is Lt Kettani’s promotion ceremony from June. And yes that’s Mike Shanahan you see there.