Navy’s football standout Cameron Kinley has a chance to make it in the NFL.
But the Navy is refusing to grant his waiver to become a professional football player.
Now Senator Marco Rubio is demanding that Biden’s administration let a Navy graduate play in the NFL.
Over the past 50 years, Navy hasn’t really been a powerhouse in college football.
Like most of the other military schools in Division I football, they stick with the triple option to cover for their undersized line and less athletic backfield.
Triple Option GT QB Counter from Army pic.twitter.com/AsbkP5zkEP
— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) October 22, 2018
Then on defense they usually just run slant to fill the gaps and cover 2’s to compensate for their players inability to stand toe-to-toe with the major programs in college football.
So needless to say it is rare when a college football player from the military schools gets a chance to go straight into the NFL after graduation.
But in this past year, Navy standout Cameron Kinley wowed scouts enough to get a chance to play in the NFL.
Kinley was a force to be reckoned with on the field at cornerback and he turned some heads this year with his speed.
Well he ended up signing on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent and he sent a waiver to the Navy brass to defer his service to after his NFL career.
— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) May 14, 2021
However, the Navy brass turned down his offer, which sent waves across stations like ESPN and NBC Sports.
And now Senator Marco Rubio believes he needs to spend his precious time demanding that President Biden allow Kinley to play.
Rubio wrote, “I write to you, as our Commander in Chief, on an issue of great unfairness. A talented and patriotic young man, Cameron Kinley, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as president of his class. Mr. Kinley was also a captain of the Naval Academy’s football team, where he excelled, and ultimately signed as a free-agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
Rubio continued, “Mr. Kinley was permitted to train and participate in a Pro Day, which was hosted at the Naval Academy. He was also allowed to attend a Rookie Minicamp with the Buccaneers. Yet, Acting Secretary Harker denied his request for deferment without cause, and will not allow for an appeal.”
Many do hope that Kinley has a chance to play in the NFL.
But let’s be honest, he signed up with the Naval Academy to serve our nation and not to become a professional football player.
And does Marco Rubio really have nothing else better to deal with at the moment?
The border is in shambles, inflation is higher than Hunter Biden, but Rubio gives his time to a matter that has no impact for the vast majority of his constituents.