Tomorrow may be the Redskins-Patriots game, but the football action is starting a day early at FedExField, with today’s 112th annual Army-Navy game, presented by USAA.
This is the first time that “America’s Game” has been played in the Nation’s Capital, but for what it’s worth, there is a Redskins connection to this game that goes beyond the venue. For some of you Redskins historians, you may remember that the Redskins have drafted a total of three players from the two academies. Then again, you might not remember them as Redskins:
Hank Foldberg, Army, 3rd round (1947), E
Drafted in the third round of the 1947 Draft, Foldberg never played a down for the Redskins and ended up in the All-American Football Conference, playing a season each for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Hornets.
That should ring a bell.
Pat Uebel, Army, 14th round (1956), B
Joe Bellino, Navy, 17th round 1961, B
Bellino began his college career at Georgetown as a stud in football and basketball. In 1958, he transferred to Navy and won the 1960 Heisman Trophy, but somehow managed to fall to the 17th round of the NFL draft, where the Redskins selected him. Unfortunately, he never signed, instead choosing to sign with the Boston Patriots of the AFL. As in the New England Patriots, who will play against the Redskins tomorrow
How deeply ironic.
Okay, so maybe there isn’t much of a Redskins connection to the two schools–but it’s not for lack of effort on the part of the Redskins.