There are times when football just isn’t important and now is one of those times for Navy and the family of backup quarterback Ralph Montalvo. The reserve quarterback was back home in Miami for the Thanksgiving holiday when he was involved in a serious car accident that has left him fighting for his life in a medically induced coma.
Very little details of the accident have surfaced, but many reports indicate that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The accident was a one car accident and another person was involved along with Montalvo. A passenger was riding with Montalvo at the time of the crash and their condition at he moment is unknown. Navy has indeed confirmed that head coach Ken Niumatalolo has flown down to Miami to be with Montalvo’s family and to be at his quarterback’s side as he tries to recover.
Nicknamed Rafi by his friends and teammates, Montalvo is a true freshman who spent most of 2012 on the scout team before being called up to the big show after an injury to third string QB John Hendrick. This week Navy and Army play their annual game, and due to the aforementioned injury to Hendrick, Montalvo was set to make the trip and dress.
That won’t happen now, as Montalvo has a far more important battle to win, and his teammates now have something extra to play for on Saturday.