1 Updates
Redskins RB Eric Kettani Received Hate Mail for Joining NFL
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Redskins RB Eric Kettani Received Hate Mail for Joining NFL

Jul 4 2013, 10:19pm CDT | by

Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received hate mail for joining the NFL.

Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani received hate mail for joining the NFL.  NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal writes Kettani, a Navy lieutenant who was signed by the New England Patriots in 2009 as...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Redskins RB Eric Kettani Received Hate Mail for Joining NFL

Jul 4 2013, 10:19pm CDT | by

Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received hate mail for joining the NFL.

Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani received hate mail for joining the NFL

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal writes Kettani, a Navy lieutenant who was signed by the New England Patriots in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, received some hate mail for his ambition of making it to the NFL. After spending two years in active service, Kettani joined the Patriots' practice squad before being recalled by the Navy who told him he had to return to service. He is currently trying out for an active roster spot with the Redskins. 

Kettani told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer it was a tough ordeal.

"It's tough. You work so hard for something, and it's taken away. But that's what I signed up for, so I can't complain."

He then reached a compromise with the Navy which will have him work in public affairs for seven years in the reserves while trying to crack an NFL roster. Kettani reveals the hate mail was received in 2012 when he left active duty in an attempt to be a New England Patriot

The mail said, "Go back to the military and what you signed up for."

In spite of this, Kettani still followed his heart. He wanted his dream of playing NFL football realized. He was eventually released by the Patriots but made it to the Redskins' practice squad.  

"As a child, everybody has a dream and my dream was to play football. I'm taking advantage of that now."

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan lauds Kettani's drive to succeed. 

"It's quite unusual to do what he's done. To have that type of drive [to do] what he does for the service [and] what he does on the football field keeps him pretty busy. He's got a chance to compete for a position."

Shanahan attended Kettani's pinning ceremony at Redskins Park on June 3 which saw him being promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The Washington coach also said a military officer of Kettani's resolve is an absolute good thing. 

"To have a guy like that serve our country, you feel like you're in good hands."

 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

European Champions League standings
Paris, Oct 22 (IANS) Following are the European Champions League standings for Groups E to H after Tuesday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua.
 
 
Rogerio set to break Giggs world record
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (IANS) Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni is one victory away from earning his fourth Guinness World Record by eclipsing a mark held by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
 
 
Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for girlfriend's death (Roundup)
Pretoria, Oct 21 (IANS) South African athlete Oscar Pistorius Tuesday arrived at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison, after he was handed a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
 
 
Levante sack coach Mendilibar
Madrid, Oct 21 (IANS) Jose Luis Mendilibar became the second coach of the season to be sacked in La Liga when he was shown the door by Levante.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

European Champions League standings
Paris, Oct 22 (IANS) Following are the European Champions League standings for Groups E to H after Tuesday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Rogerio set to break Giggs world record
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (IANS) Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni is one victory away from earning his fourth Guinness World Record by eclipsing a mark held by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. The 41-year-old will...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ryan Reynolds can't keep his hands off Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds was ''really sweet'' to Blake Lively at the Angel City Ball. The couple, who got married in September 2012, made their first red carpet appearance together in New York City on Monday night (10.20.14) since...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner doesn't know who Bruce Jenner is dating
Kris Jenner has ''no idea'' whether Bruce Jenner is dating her best friend. The 58-year-old reality TV star, who split from the Olympic gold medallist last October after 23 years of marriage, claims she doesn't know if...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
When Rihanna dressed like 'Harry Potter'
New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Rihanna was spotted here in a Harry Potter style costume. She wore the wizard-like get-up while heading for a business meal here Monday, reports mirror.co.uk. The 26-year-old combined a...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Germany raises humanitarian aid to Iraq
Berlin, Oct 22 (IANS) Germany has pledged a further 20 million euros (about 25.5 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The additional funds are immediately...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process
United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as "dialogue remains the only viable option" to address the issues confronting the region. In a brief statement...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Airstrikes help ground forces fight IS: Pentagon
Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobane despite efforts by the Islamic State (IS) to take the town, a spokesperson for US defence department said Tuesday....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Palestine, Israel urged at UN to halt unilateral initiatives
United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called on Palestine and Israel to overcome differences and halt unilateral initiatives that fuel mistrust, so as to pursue long-term stability in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
China urges Israel to create conditions for peace
United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Chinese government has called on Israel to create necessary conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Palestine. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the...
Read more on Politics Balla