The Army versus Navy game might not be as big of an event as it once was nationwide, but that doesn't matter because this game is about much more than just football.
Pride is the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of this matchup.
Both squads believe that not only are they the better team, but the better wing of the armed forces. While to the rest of us, any wing of the United States military is equally great, there is an intense competition within these two groups that make for quite the rivalry on and off the field.
Navy has won the last 10 meetings between these two teams, so there's no doubt which squad has been better with the pigskin. If Army wants to regain its bragging rights, it must end this drought that has lasted for far too long.
The most sobering thought when watching this game each and every year is the fact some of these young men are faced with the task of having to go into combat overseas when their schooling is all said and done.
It is the ultimate sacrifice that is made by many of these players, and as Americans, we can only hope each and every one of them comes home safe.
To say this game is just about football would be foolish.
This game is also about showcasing some of the brightest young stars this country has to offer. No, they aren't the most talented rosters and certainly can't compare to other collegiate powerhouses, but all players on both the Navy and Army squads have more character and guts than any normal football player could ever possess.
And certainly more than this writer.
Their incredible bravery is why we are here today and it's why this country will continue to be the greatest in the world.
It's a shame that more attention isn't paid to this game. It might not be the sexiest matchup that football fans would prefer to see, but these young men deserve our utmost attention, even if it's only for one football game.
So the next time you're flipping through the channels and see the Army-Navy game on your screen, take some time out of your day and celebrate these brave young men. They are sacrificing their entire lives just to fight for our freedom, the least we could all do is show them some support as they take the field one more time in this historic rivalry.
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