LTJG Eric Kettani can go back to being FB Eric Kettani. Yesterday, after three years of service on the USS Klakring, Kettani received his release from active duty and will join the New England Patriots for all offseason activities.
It's been a long road for Kettani, who graduated from the Naval Academy in 2008. Three years earlier, the U.S. Military Academy passed a rule allowing for Army grads to forego part of their five-year commitment and play in the NFL. The rule, called the Alternative Service Option, stated that cadets "will owe two years of active service in the Army, during which time they will be allowed to play their sport in the player-development systems of their respective organizations and be assigned to recruiting stations."