Army/Navy Football Game
There are many amazing rivalry games in sports, both college and professional that captivate
fans. Many are regional, where the closer the schools or organizations are to each other, the most the fan bases clash. There
is one rivalry that is so steeped in tradition and history, where the players on the field are deemed heroic by their actions
off of it. The Army/Navy Game is a tradition that expands far past just the fans of the two institutions, but to millions
of sports fans all over the country. Arguably the nation's top rivalry game, the Army/Navy Game is played on a neutral field
every year, with the 2014 edition being played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on December 13, 2014. Home of the Baltimore
Ravens. M&T Bank Stadium is large enough to fit the incredible amount of spectators who fill the stands every year to
see student athletes from two incredible institutions compete. The athletes who play for these two schools not only serve
their institution, but their country, achieving glory far beyond the gridiron. The battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy
is truly America's Game, and you will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a game that is less
about scouting and future draft ramifications, but about the purity of the game and it's athletes.
Game Football History
The Army/Navy Game originated in 1890 when an Army cadet named Dennis Mahan Michie was challenged
by his Naval counterparts to engage in a game, leading to the first inter-service clash. The rivalry quickly escalated, leading
to its suspension from 1894-1898 after a post-game fight almost led to a duel between a player from both sides. In 1898, it
was decided that the rivalry would be renewed, but would be played on a neutral field, beginning with Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
To this day, the City of Brotherly Love has been the primary site of this historic match-up. There are many memorable moments
in this historic rivalry, including 1926, when the game was held in Chicago. This game christened the new stadium, Soldier
Field, which was built to honor lost soldiers of World War I. The game would end in a 21-21 tie.
Though neither team
is considered a college football powerhouse these days, in the middle of the 20th Century, Army and Navy were often the best
teams in the country, with multiple Heisman Trophy winners and four National Championships between them. One of the rivalry's
biggest stars is Navy quarterback Roger Staubach. Staubach played for the Midshipmen in the Golden Age of Navy football, leading
them to a #2 ranking in 1930, on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy by a landslide. He remains the last serviceman to win
the award and is one of a small class of players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP, which Staubach won with the
Dallas Cowboys in 1972. Staubach is one of the very few players from wither Army or Navy who was able to make it to the NFL,
with servicemen fulfilling their military duties once their academic time i completed.
The annual game between the Army
Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen is an enduring rivalry that has stood the test of time, inspiring people in and out of the
military services. For many years, the Army/Navy game was played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but was moved to the
second Saturday, making it the final regular season game of the season. The Navy Midshipmen have dominated the Back Knights
over the past 10 seasons, but the pride of the armed forces and the respect for this great rivalry makes every clash anyone's
Army/Navy Game Football Experience
College football action is a national pastime, with the Saturday
gameday experience practically a ritual for players and fans. No game exemplifies the tradition of college football more than
the Army/Navy Game. A game played for the bragging rights within inter-service sports, the Army/Navy game is a thrilling experience
for fans who are treated to a clash of warriors, players who play for the love of the game, without the dangling carrot of
a professional football career ahead of them. The student athletes who play for the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen
are professional soldiers, playing for their institution while fulfilling their duty to their service and country. These noble
warriors are amazing athletes, inspiring sports fans from all over the country. This game is the ultimate battle of heroes.
The Army/Navy game is held annually on a neutral field because the home stadiums for each team are too small to hold the amount
of fans who travel every year to see this historic match-up. This football game is one that all sports fans should experience
firsthand the pageantry of the game, of the traditions of both institutions. Watching this game on television, a fan could
never get the full grasp of the rows of cadets and midshipmen in their uniforms, standing and cheering on their team. Don't
miss the chance to experience this one of a kind sporting event that is about so much more than football.
Game Football Trivia
Roger Staubach was the first of four illustrious players to win both the Heisman Trophy in college
and the Super Bowl MVP in the NFL. Who are the other three players?
This small class of athletes included Jim Plunkett,
who won the Heiman Trophy while at Stanford University in 1970 and Super Bowl MVP in 1981 for the Oakland Raiders. Running
back Marcus Allen starred for the University of Southern California Trojans, winning the Heisman Trophy Award in 1981 and
winning Super Bowl MVP honors for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983. The final member of this incredible list of football players
is wide receiver and special team icon Desmond Howard. Desmond Howard starred for the Michigan Wolverines, winning the Heisman
Trophy in 1991, in a year where he scored 138 points. While playing for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, Howard won the Super
Bowl MVP honors in 1997 after running for 244 all purpose yards and a touchdown.