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NFL doors open wider for Army and Navy athletes

NFL doors open wider for Army and Navy athletes

Keenan Reynolds led Navy to four bowl games and four victories over Army. He became just the fourth Midshipman to have his football number retired.

But Reynolds' long-term legacy could be tied just as powerfully to a policy change he helped inspire.

A few weeks after the Ravens picked the former Navy quarterback in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Department of Defense modified its requirement that service academy graduates perform two years of active duty before applying for reserve status.

Going forward, Reynolds and others would be allowed to apply for the reserves immediately after graduation.

Though such exemptions are granted only case by case,...

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