July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Eric Kettani during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Fullback Eric Kettani Receiving “Hate Mail”


Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani’s decision to take time off from the US Navy, where he has reached the rank of lieutenant has has served three years of active duty after graduating from the Naval Academy in 2009, has not been a popular one.

Kettani was assigned to a counter-terrorism down in South America. He described the situation to the NFL Network:

We went down to South America, off the coast of Columbia doing drug interdiction operations. We were out there surveilling and trying to find go-fasters. … drug boats that were trying to carry drugs from South America, Central America to the United States

Kettani has a deal in place with the Navy where he can serve for seven years in the reserves doing public-affairs work while he tries to secure a place on an NFL roster. It took months of negotiations to set the terms of the arrangement. Kettani said he’s been criticized harshly for leaving the service early:

Absolutely, I received some hate mail, saying ‘go back to the military, do your job and do what you signed up for.’ And they have every right to say that.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has praised Kettani’s work ethic and dedication, calling him an “overachiever” and “very intelligent.”

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  • Adam Banig

    Wow. That’s unbelievable that he would receive hate mail. People in this nation need to start coming together and loving one another instead of hating someone for pursuing their dream of playing in the NFL and taking some time off from the military to do it.

    I’m seriously saddened for our nation and what we’ve become when I read stories as shameful as this.

  • stevefromsacto

    Morons who likely never put on any kind of uniform–military or otherwise–are always quick to condemn others, usually anonymously.

    Ignore them, Eric. You are an honorable man who has-served and will continue to serve your country with distinction.