Players graduate, coaches leave and presidents change. But each spring you can count on Navy’s football team to visit the White House to accept the Commander in Chief’s Trophy from the president. At least it seems that way.
Navy swept Air Force and Army for the seventh straight year to earn the Commander in Chief trophy again, and on Monday the team and coach Ken Niumatalolo were recognized by President Obama at the White House. Obama praised captains Ross Pospisil and Osei Asante in his remarks, as well as quarterback Ricky Dobbs, who set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in 2009. The president also joked about Dobbs’ well-known goal to run for president in 2040.
Now, I also understand Ricky has announced for the presidency — in the year 2040. I know people are announcing early these days — but, Ricky, that’s a bit much. But it does mean that when Navy comes back for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy 30 years from now, you might hear a speech from this guy.
The Mids have won a record 15-straight games against the other two service academies, dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. This past season Navy beat Air Force 16-13 and topped Army 17-3.