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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona making bid for NFL at scouting combine
Navy long snapper Joe Cardona making bid for NFL at scouting combine

When Joe Cardona grips a football and fires it backward between his legs, the Navy long snapper does so with a high degree of precision. His snaps have been clocked at 41 miles per hour, reaching the punter’s hands in less than a second. And the four-year starter and scholarship football player is regarded as talented enough by NFL teams that he was the only long snapper invited to the scouting combine. What Cardona doesn't have control of is whether Navy officials will allow him to play in the NFL next season due to his pending service commitment. Cardona is required to serve five years in the Navy as an officer and will be commissioned in May. There have been exceptions...

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