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The New England Patriots Dig Navy Football

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IMay 5, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 22:  Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks at the clock during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Maybe it’s a bit of a tribute to his late father or maybe they are just quality players...

Whatever the reason, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick can’t get enough of Navy football players, having signed three from the Academy who each have military commitments ahead of them.

This year, it was running back Eric Kettani and wide receivers Shun White and Tyree Barnes.

A couple of seasons ago, it was legendary Midshipman fullback and general douche Kyle Eckel.

Turns out, Belichick’s late father Steve was an assistant with Navy football for many years, so it seems pretty natural that the Patriots load up the practice squad with disciplined players from a program with which Belichick has a personal connection.

Still, signing guys that have years to give for their country in military service gives a new definition to “stockpiling talent.”

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