High-SchoolFootball: Navy football

Navy FootballAP/Denis PoroyThousands of high school athletes each year have committed to play a Division I sport at a U.S. service academy.
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of ESPNHS magazine.


When you commit to play a sport at one of the three major United States service academies, you are signing up for a lot more than four years of practices and games. Each school requires a five-year active duty commitment upon graduation. In a time of war, that pledge can be daunting, yet thousands accept it each year. We talked to three high school seniors who have committed to play a Division I sport at an academy to find out what went into their decisions.

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