Payam Saadat, the Army co-defensive coordinator, says working at the Academy provides special moments all the time.
Saturday's Army-Rutgers game at Yankee Stadium was one of those days, containing special moments that showed what good can come from college football.
The highlight was seeing Rutgers player Eric LeGrand come back to the matchup in which he received a paralyzing injury last year while covering a kick. Eric came out in his wheelchair with the Rutgers captains for the pregame coin toss.
He received an ovation from all in attendance.
A strong sense of mutual respect was displayed by both schools. Eric LeGrand's family and the Rutgers community has expressed appreciation for the numerous cards sent to Eric and the visits made by Army players since the injury.
The ongoing support is valued as the Army prioritizes helping "wounded warriors".
Rutgers wore white helmets with the "R" logo depicted in stars and stripes, honoring both Veterans Day weekend and the US Military Academy.
The bands and choirs from both schools joined together in the pregame ceremonies to play each school's football marching music and national anthem.
The day showed college football can bring people together.
As for the game, Army started freshman quarterback Angel Santiago in place of Trent Steelman, the injured three-year starter. Santiago played well, and Rutgers held a 13-12 lead with less than seven minutes left.
They then blocked an Army punt and ran it back for a touchdown.
A late score by Rutgers made it a 27-12 final, another disappointing loss for Army, but a positive day for college football in New York.