Video: Roger Staubach & the memory of President Kennedy in the 1963 Army Navy game

1963 Army Navy Game featuring Navy Quarterback Roger Staubach in the Memory of President Kennedy
November 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm  •  Posted in Heritage, videos by

Today, Sports Illustrated released a video highlighting the memory of President John F. Kennedy at the 1963 Army Navy game, the annual football contest where a 122-year rivalry is settled each year.

In the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, the game was held on December 7, 1963 and was described by the former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as “a fitting tribute.”

1963 Heisman Trophy Winner & Navy Quarterback Roger Staubach

The Navy quarterback on that fateful day was none other than future NFL Hall of Famer and 1963 Heisman Trophy winner, Roger Staubach.

The game went like this…

Navy took an early lead and extended it to 21-7 in the third quarter.

But with 6 minutes to play in the game, Army scored a touchdown and converted on a two point try, narrowing the Navy lead to 6 points:  21-15.

The final moments were especially memorable as Army performed an onside kick, recovered the ball, and drove the ball to the Navy 7-yard line with just seconds remaining.

The following video shows what happened next:

The game certainly was a fitting tribute to the late President Kennedy, who gave a memorable speech at the U.S. Navy Academy on 1 Aug, 1963, just 3 months before the game.  In that speech, he declared the following words:

“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.'” – President John F. Kennedy’s Remarks to U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1 August 1963 – (Source: JFK Library Archives)

On game day, for Roger Staubach and his fellow midshipmen, the reward of victory in the memory of President Kennedy was an honor America would not forget.

The 2013 Army Navy Game will be held on 14 December 2013 @ Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.  Kickoff is at 1500 (3:00pm) EST.

With the 2013 Army-Navy Game just a month away, what is your favorite Army Navy game moment?

Did you know...

According to HighTechHistory.com, the game also saw the first authorized use of Instant Replay, which now ensures the most accurate play calling in professional sports throughout the world. (Source: http://hightechhistory.com/2009/12/07/december-7-1963-first-authorized-use-of-instant-replay-in-a-sporting-event)

 

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