Former Naval Academy fullback Eric Kettani is back in the National Football League, having signed a practice squad contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ed Brown, Kettani's agent, confirmed the deal to The Capital on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to be back in the NFL and I'm excited to be with a great organizatio and winning team,'' Kettani said.
Brown said Kettani passed his physical and practiced with the Chiefs for the first time on Tuesday. Kansas City lost a fullback off its practice squad when the Houston Texans signed Toben Oporum, an undrafted free agent out of Kansas.
"Kansas City needed a practice squad fullback and liked what they saw of Eric on film," Brown said. "They called me Monday afternoon and told me they needed Eric to get to K.C. as fast as possible."
John Dorsey, a St. Mary's High graduate, is the first-year general manager of the Chiefs.
Kettani has spent time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins, but has yet to play in an NFL game. The 6-foot-1, 233-pounder performed well in preseason games for the Redskins this year, but was released in the final round of cuts.
Brown said Kettani has been home in the Cleveland, Ohio area working out diligently in hopes of signing with another NFL club. Several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, expressed interest in Kettani before Kansas City finally offered a contract.
Kettani, who rushed for 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career at Navy, is currently a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve.
MILITARY VISIT: Former Navy athletics director Jack Lengyel won't be the only former Marshall coach with Naval Academy ties in attendance at Friday's Military Bowl in Annapolis. George Chaump, who coached Marshall from 1986 to 1989 and Navy from 1990 to 1994, will be in the crowd with his daughters Lynda and Melanie. Lynda is a 1992 Marshall graduate, while Melanie is a 1995 Maryland graduate.
TAILGATE: The Touchdown Club of Annapolis, in conjunction with the D'Camera Group, will be hosting a tailgate party at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium prior to the Military Bowl, starting at 11 a.m.
There will be pit beef along with a grilling station for hamburgers and hot dogs.