There are patriots, and there are Patriots. New England running back Eric Kettani has proven that by leaving the football version of the term, he's become even more the real thing. An active military member for the Navy Reserve, Kettani realized another dream this year as he made New England's practice squad.
That dream will be cut short for the time being — Kettani had requested leave for the last two weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. That request has been denied, and Kettani will report to his Navy ship, the USS Klakring, in Jacksonville on Friday. Mike Reiss of ESPN.com wrote that Kettani will fly out at 6:00 a.m. ET.
The picture seen above was taken by Kettani and posted on his Twitter account.
"I love my country and I'm happy to serve it, but I'm also happy to be a New England Patriot," Kettani said on Thursday. "I think some of them [his teammates] were shocked. Coach Belichick said he'd help me out in any way possible...