Not everyone gets to have their favorite NFL football player welcome them to their job. Then again, not everyone is re-enlisting for four more years in the military.
On June 14, Yeoman First Class Petty Officer (Aviation Warfare) Brian Laliberty recommitted to the Navy, where he has served since April, 2001. The 28-year-old Manassas native is a huge Redskins fan and wanted a player to administer the oath of service on his special day.
Enter wide receiver Anthony Armstrong.
“I contacted the Redskins prior to the lockout seeing if it was possible for a player to re-enlist me or if there was any interest,” Laliberty explained. “Right before the lockout happened, Anthony volunteered. With the advances of technology, I was able to find him on Twitter to get the ball rolling so I could re-enlist.”
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Most of the stories we’ve heard about Ryan Kerrigan so far have painted the picture of a guy who’s pretty good at sports. He was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, so I certainly hope he’s decent at football. He was a high school basketball player of at least some note. His mother discussed his past as a “really good” swimmer. He even threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game.
So it’s been pretty easy to imagine Kerrigan as some sort of multi-sport colossus — not a Bo Jackson or a Deion Sanders, certainly, but an athletic polymath nonetheless.
Turns out that might not be so accurate.
In a conversation with Sarah Kogod of NBC Washington’s Capital Games blog, Kerrigan reveals that — honorary first pitches aside — his in-game performance as a high school pitcher was notable for all the wrong reasons.
“I wasn’t much of a pitcher in high school. I played baseball for four years in high school and made one pitching appearance. I surrendered 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning before being taken out. Because I gave up so many runs and recorded only one out, my ERA rose from a 0.00 to an ’84.000.’ Yes, that’s right, 84, and my friends have never let me forget about it.”
The interview contains nine other things you (probably) don’t know about Kerrigan, and it’s well worth a read.
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