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There is no doubt Cameron Kinley is extremely talented. Navy CB Cameron Kinley joined “Good Morning Football” to discuss his presidential aspirations, being 2021 Navy Class President and makes his pitch to NFL teams. In the history of the NFL a CB has never been drafted from the Navy to the NFL. During his 2021 Commencement speech, he said “we are the change we wish to see,” as Kinley described ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ speaking at U.S. Naval Academy graduation with special guest Vice President Kamala Harris.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Kinley has proven to be a break out star on the Navy football roster. The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their sights set on Kinley, and signed the cornerback as an un-drafted free agent. Kinley’s dreams of playing the NFL were shattered when the U.S. Navy informed him that his requested waiver to postpone his upcoming Service was denied.

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CAMERON KINLEY, via U.S. Navy

In a statement posted to Twitter, Kinley said, “I have spent the past week processing my emotions, as it is very difficult to have been this close to achieving a childhood dream and having it taken away from me.” He continued, ““Unfortunately, due to the decision I am unable to continue playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I have hopes that this situation will soon be overturned and that I can get back to competing on the field and representing the U.S. Navy.”

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When the MilitaryTimes.com reached out to the Navy for comment, a spokesman for acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker told Navy Times the Navy secretary “declined to forward requests from recent Naval Academy graduates to the Secretary of Defense, seeking to delay their commissions.”

There are four other academy graduates of the class of 2021 chasing spots on NFL rosters, according to MilitaryTimes.com, ” The Seahawks signed West Point grad Jon Rhattigan, while the Broncos, Rams and Jets signed Air Force graduates Nolan LaufenbergGeorge Silvanic, and Parker Ferguson, respectively.”

“While I acknowledge that these men are from different branches of the armed services, it puzzles me as to why I am the only person to be denied this opportunity,” Kinley said.


“Admission to the Naval Academy is an extensive and competitive process,” Capt. Jereal Dorsey told the Navy Times. “The mission of the Naval Academy is to develop young men and women to commission as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. When students accept admission and continue their education in this program, there is an understanding and acknowledgement that they will upon graduation be commissioned. Every Midshipman attends on the same terms and each has the same responsibility to serve. Exceptions to that commitment to serve have been rightfully rare.”

As football fans around the world heard the news, Kinley thanked his supporters on social media saying, “It’s in God’s hands and I’m at peace knowing that He has a plan for all of this […] I am very aware of the commitment that I made to service when I first arrived at the United States Naval Academy. I look forward to my career as a naval officer in the information warfare community. However, I am deserving of the opportunity to live out another one of my life-long dreams before fulfilling my service requirement.”

Eric Levenson reports on CNN.com that “A number of Navy graduates have gone on to play in the NFL, most notably Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, who won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s. Three Navy graduates have been drafted by NFL teams in recent years, including long snapper Joe Cardona in 2015, receiver/running back Keenan Reynolds in 2016 and running back Malcolm Perry last year.”

Featured image courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

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Update: Navy’s Cameron Kinley delays service and is headed to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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