ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani is now a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Head coach Mike Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner were on hand for Kettani’s honorary pinning ceremony Monday afternoon at Redskins Park in which he was promoted from his former rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.
Kettani, who graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009, made headlines early in his career when he was called to active duty and deployed on the USS Klakring while playing for the New England Patriots.
He originally signed with New England as a college free agent and was placed on the Reserve/Military list later that season. He again tried to pursue a full-time NFL career in 2011 and spent the first five weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being ordered into active duty.
He was released from New England’s practice squad last September and joined the Redskins a short time later. He spent last year on Washington’s practice squad and signed a futures contract at the end of the season.
Kettani amassed 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns during his time at the Naval Academy. He is one of only two players to ever eclipse the 2,000-yard mark at the military academy.
He continues to serve his country while juggling a career in the NFL as member of Navy Reserves.