Navy Midshipmen Football Schedule 2014
The 2013 Navy Midshipmen football team achieved a rare and magical feat
in a season that Navy fans won't soon forget. In the football program's 132 illustrious years in existence only 5 teams, including
the 2013 squad, have won at least 9 games in a season, defeated their rival Army Black Knights and won a bowl game. They defeated
the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders convincingly, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, just Navy's 8th bowl game
victory in the program's history. They are returning 20 starters in 2014, so there are plenty of experienced players on the
team who know what it takes to win.
Entering into their final season as an FBS independent school, Navy always plays
an eclectic mix of schools throughout their season. The program is scheduled to join the American Athletic Conference (formerly
The Big East) in 2015. On September 20 in Annapolis, the Midshipmen will welcome their future American Athletic Conference
foe, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Rutgers is coming off a mediocre season in The American, which ended in a New Era Pinstripe
Bowl loss to Notre Dame, 29-16. This match-up at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium will be a preview of what the competition
will be like when they join a big time NCAA conference.
On October 25, the Navy Midshipmen will host the San Jose State
Spartans in Annapolis for a rematch of 2013's thrilling triple overtime game in San Jose where the Midshipmen squeaked out
of town with a 58-52 victory. The Spartans will come to town looking to avenge this painful loss, and the Midshipmen better
be ready for a very tough opponent. The Spartans were the 6th best passing team in the country last season with quarterback
David Fales coming off a phenomenal season, where he passed for over 4,100 yards and 33 touchdowns. On the other side of the
field, the Midshipmen were the country's second best rushing team, averaging over an astounding 325 rushing yards per game.
There will be no lack of offense in the clash, so the defenses better be ready for a battle.
Every season, no matter
what teams are on Navy's schedule, there is only one game that truly matters to Midshipmen fans. The Army/Navy Game is one
of the country's most historic rivalry games, dating back to 1890. This epic clash of true warriors captivates sports fans
from all over the country every year when they meet in early December. For many years, Army and Navy were two of the best
football programs in the county and there have been many epic clashes between the two teams in the Army/Navy Games storied
history. In recent years, the rivalry has been all Navy, but in this heated a rivalry, there is no automatic victor. Don't
miss your chance to be in the stands for all of the football action as well as the pomp and circumstance that makes up the
best rivalry in all of college football when the 2014 chapter kicks off at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on
Navy Midshipmen Football Rivalries
There are many amazing rivalries in college football,
many regional, with long and storied histories. There is one that stands above the rest, with traditions and meaning that
is like none other. The Army/Navy rivalry originated in 1890 when a young Army cadet was challenged to a football game by
his Naval counterparts, launching what would become a tradition unlike any other in college football. For most of the rivalry's
existence, these two teams have been at the top of the college football world, with four National Championships and 5 Heisman
Trophy winners between the two schools. Both teams have enjoyed long winning streaks against the other, with the current streak
of 12 wins in favor of the Midshipmen. The tides can change at any time, so Navy will be the first to downplay the importance
of such a streak. The Army/Navy game is played on a neutral field every season, with the stadiums at each school too small
to fit the incredible crowds that show up every year to see this historic match-up.
Navy Midshipmen Football
Historically, there have been very few Navy Midshipmen who have gone on to play in the NFL because once
players are done with their college playing career, they move on to complete their Naval requirements. One of the reasons
why fans are so drawn to the ports teams of our military institutions is because they are seen as playing for the love of
the game with little expectation of playing professionally. When it comes to Midshipmen in NFL, one name always stands above
the rest, the great Roger Staubach. Staubach played for Navy in their golden years, and was the last serviceman to win the
Heisman Trophy when he won the award in 1963. Staubach led the Midshipmen to a 9-1 record and finished the season #2 after
losing the National Championship game to Texas. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1964, Staubach would not make his NFL debut
until 1969, when he has completed his naval commitments. A Cowboy throughout his illustrious 10 year career, Staubach would
go on to compile one of the best quarterbacking careers in NFL history, which included two Super Bowl titles, a Super Bowl
MVP, 6 Pro Bowls and election into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985. His story of college success, service to his country and
Super Bowl glory has inspired countless people and his name is synonymous with the US Naval Academy.
The US Naval Academy has retired three jerseys of former football players. Besides its most famous
alumni, Roger Staubach, who are the other 2 legendary players whose jersey's have been retired at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial
Before Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963, halfback Joe Bellino won the coveted award after an incredible
season in 1960. Bellino could do everything from rushing touchdowns, throwing touchdowns to returning punts and kickoffs.
He won the Heisman easily in his senior season, cementing his place as an all time Midshipmen great. The third member of this
illustrious club is running back Napoleon McCallum, who starred for Navy from 1981-1985. McCallum was a consensus All American
and Heisman Trophy finalist in 1983 and 1985, dominating both as a running back and kick returner. He was inducted into the
College Hall of Fame in 2003.