From Football Field to Battlefield


YEAH, IT’S A BIG HONOR. I MEAN, YOU
KNOW IT’S OBVIOUSLY A HUGE HONOR TO BE ABLE TO COME TO THIS SCHOOL IN THE FIRST
PLACE AND YOU KNOWING THAT WE REPRESENT THE NAVAL ACADEMY IN A BIGGER SPECTRUM. REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES NAVY
AND THE MARINE CORPS. MY NAME IS FORD HIGGINS, I GO TO THE
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. I PLAY CENTER HERE. I’M APPLIED MATH MAJOR HERE. THERE’S A STRONG, SUPER STRONG MARINE
INFLUENCE RIGHT WHEN YOU FIRST COME HERE. IN THIS PROGRAM, SPECIFICALLY IN THE
FOOTBALL PROGRAM. WHETHER IT’S THE OFFICER REPS OR
THE SENIOR ENLISTED THAT YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH. THEY JUST HAVE A BIG IMPACT AND INFLUENCE
ON YOU WHEN FIRST SHOW UP. THE MARINE CORPS KIND OF EMBODIES A TEAM
CULTURE AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ALL, THAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE HERE GOING OUT
IN ALL FOUR YEARS OF PLAYING FOOTBALL. IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T FIND VERY
OFTEN IN LIFE AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF US WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE A
PART OF AND YOU KNOW BE A PART OF THE BEST FIGHTING FORCE IN THE
UNITED STATES, IN THE WORLD SO YOU KNOW, IT’S AN EASY ANSWER FOR ME
AND THERE’S MANY THINGS THAT GO INTO IT. I CAN SEE MYSELF DOING MY JOB. YOU KNOW FOOTBALL IS THE ULTIMATE TEAM SPORT. YOU KNOW, YOU’D LIKE TO THINK IT’S THE
CLOSEST THING YOU GET TO BATTLE WITHOUT ACTUALLY DOING IT AND I THINK THAT GOING
INTO THE MARINE CORPS, AS FAR AS LEADERSHIP SKILLS IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT,
FIRST AND FOREMOST ALL GOOD LEADERS ARE GOOD FOLLOWERS, YOU KNOW AND THAT’S
SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO REALIZE NOW BEING A PART OF THIS FOOTBALL PROGRAM AND SOMETHING TO CARRY FORWARD DOWN INTO THE MARINE CORPS. WHICH, SOMETIMES YOU GET SO
CAUGHT UP AND BUSY HERE, IT’S LIKE YOU DON’T TAKE ANY TIME TO REFLECT AND THINK BACK
AND REALIZE HOW FORTUNATE WE ALL ARE TO BE IN A PLACE LIKE THIS AND
NOT ONLY THAT BUT FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GO INTO THE ELITE FIGHTING FORCE IN THE WORLD BY
THIS PLACE AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ALL CAME HERE TO DO. NOW THAT THAT’S
RAPIDLY APPROACHING IT’S REAL SPECIAL TO THINK BACK AND HOW IT ALL GOT
TO THIS POINT. THAT’S ULTIMATELY WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR
TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES THERE’S A BIGGER PURPOSE, IT’S WHAT IT
FEELS LIKE IT TO REPRESENTS TO ME. YOU KNOW, WE ALL CAME HERE, WE ALL PLAY FOOTBALL. YOU KNOW BUT THERE’S, ITS
ALWAYS GOOD TO KEEP IN MIND THERE’S A BIGGER PURPOSE WHY WE’RE
HERE.

4 thoughts on “From Football Field to Battlefield

  • Education is critical, however, tremendously valuable and life-altering education occurs beyond the classroom, the library and the laboratory. The self-discipline, teamwork, self-sacrifice, leadership, “followership,” collaboration, and work ethic often mastered through competitive sports is a VITAL complement to the formal academic program at Navy (and other equally fine undergraduate programs). There is a very crucial and very tangible payoff for this non-scholastic education in the Fleet and in life.

    SING SECOND!

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