Pentagon permits Navy soccer captain to delay service to play in NFL
Navy Midshipmen cornerback Cameron Kinley celebrates throughout an NCAA Soccer match at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin permitted a plan on Tuesday that may permit former Naval Academy soccer participant Cameron Kinley the chance to pursue a profession within the NFL.
“Upon completion of his taking part in time, we stay up for welcoming him again contained in the ranks as a naval officer,” Austin wrote in an announcement. “I applaud Navy management for locating this method to showcase each Cameron’s athletic prowess, in addition to the standard and professionalism of our student-athletes and our personnel,” Austin added.
The Navy had beforehand denied Kinley’s request to delay his active-duty service so as to play within the NFL.
“I’m assured that Cameron will characterize the Navy properly within the NFL, simply as he did as a standout athlete and sophistication president on the Naval Academy,” President Joe Biden wrote in an announcement. He added that “after his NFL profession is over, he’ll proceed to make us proud as an officer in the US Navy.”
Austin’s reversal means Kinley, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie cornerback, will now be capable of attend the workforce’s coaching camp later this month.
“I’m extraordinarily appreciative of Secretary Austin’s resolution and I’m excited to characterize our nice navy within the Nationwide Soccer League,” Kinley wrote in an announcement.
The previous captain of the U.S. Navy Midshipmen soccer workforce additionally thanked a number of lawmakers, together with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for his or her help.
“Lastly, thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers group for believing in me and remaining affected person with me all through this course of. I’m excited to get again to work in Tampa Bay with my teammates,” Kinley added.