A number of Navy football players took what they learned on the gridiron with them as they went on to serve with distinction in combat. Six earned the Medal of Honor.
Slade Cutter, one of the great submarine skippers of World War II and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, said when he commanded the USS Seahorse (SS-304), he used his football experience to prepare his crew. "We were a team, and that is how we worked," he recalled. "We trained constantly en route to our patrol area. When we arrived, I would tell the crew that from then on, all calls to battle stations would be the real thing, and they cheered, just as we did before we went out and played a football game at the Academy after a week's hard practice."