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The Pentagon's Top Officer Permits A Naval Academy Graduate To Pursue A Career In The NFL.
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The Pentagon's Top Officer Permits A Naval Academy Graduate To Pursue A Career In The NFL.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that the United States military will allow Naval Academy graduate Cameron Kinley to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.

Acting Navy Secretary Tom Harker had denied Kinley's request to postpone his commissioning, but Austin reversed his decision, saying that "we know Cameron will take every opportunity on and off the field to ably represent the Navy and the military to the American people and to assist us in our recruiting efforts."

President Joe Biden expressed his “satisfaction” with Austin’s decision, saying, “I am confident that Cameron will represent the Navy well in the NFL, just as he did as a standout athlete and class president at the Naval Academy.”

Kinley wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, "I am extremely grateful for Secretary Austin's decision and I am excited to represent our fine military in the National Football League. This past month has been extremely challenging, and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me in any way."

Kinley, a cornerback, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers and will now be able to participate in training camp later this month.

Cameron will be enlisted in the Inactive Ready Reserve during his NFL career, and then “we look forward to welcoming him back inside the ranks as a naval officer,” according to Austin.

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