Last month, Keenan Reynolds was given an exception by the United States Navy to serve his military requirement in the reserves for eight years. The U.S. Naval Academy quarterback was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Ravens.
Per an ESPN report, Reynolds is projected to make the Ravens 53 man roster as a wide receiver.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play,” Reynolds said. “I was just playing and having fun in college and letting everything else just take care of itself.”
Naval Academy graduates are normally required to serve five years. That commitment makes a pro athletic career challenging. Roger Staubach was not able to play full time with the Dallas Cowboys until he completed his service. Napolean McCallum had a similar situation with the Raiders in the 1980s and 90s.