Naval Academy Grad Allowed to Play In the NFL

Posted: May 15, 2016 5:30 PM

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has allowed Naval Academy standout football player Keenan Reynolds to participate in the NFL while fulfilling his service requirements in the Navy Reserves.

Earlier this month, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Reynolds in the sixth round without knowing whether the former Naval Academy standout would be able to play in 2016.

"Keenan Reynolds is one of the finest people that I know," Mabus said last week. "He is just a sterling individual. If I'm an NFL coach or GM, he's the kind of person I want in my locker room." 

"When we have guys coming out of the Naval Academy who go on and play professional sports, or go on and do other things that are high profile, it gives us a chance to show who we are and show the type of people that we attract and recruit," Mabus continued. "I can't think of a better ambassador for the United States Navy or for the United States military than Keenan Reynolds."

Reynolds played quarterback while playing for the Midshipmen, but he has since switched to wide receiver to better his chance at becoming a significant NFL player.