Army’s Brownkicks a field goal during the game on December 12, 1931

President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Mr. and Mrs. Pat Lucey at Philadelphia Stadium on December 2, 1961

Army’s Wes Sneed collides with Navy’s Dave King, while Phil Macklin goes for a successful tackle on November 27, 1976

Navy’s Joe Gattuso scores the game’s first touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 27, 1976

Navy’s Fred Reitzel raises ball above his helmet as he flies across goal line on November 29, 1980

An Army cadet fires a cannon during pregame ceremonies on December 4, 1982

Army quarterback Nate Sassaman scores a touchdown on December 1, 1984

Army’s Joe Ross gets some air on December 4, 1993

President Barack Obama greets Army football players during the coin toss on December 10, 2011

Army vs Navy – A One-of-a-kind Rivalry

In December, Army and Navy will renew one of the most unique rivalries in college football. The military schools will play for the 116th time in a series that dates back to 1890. It is a rivalry that’s featured some of the greatest players in college football history. Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino, both Heisman Trophy winners, spearheaded some great Navy teams while Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard, both of whom also won college football’s most prestigious award, etched their names in the annals of Army football. The game marks the end of college football’s regular season and is the third and final one of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series which includes the Air Force academy. Lately, it has been a one sided. Navy has won the last 14 meetings and leads the all-time series 60-49-7. Win or lose, just about every senior on the field will be playing in his last competitive football game. After graduation, there is a military commitment and, by the time that ends, most will be too old to compete for a job in the NFL. The Army-Navy game is truly played for pride and for the love of the game. There isn’t a national championship, endorsement deal, or big contract at stake. It’s all about a competition played between two very special institutions. The rivalry has been played in New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia over the course of the series and is always popular on TV. Arguably, the most unique aspect of the series comes after the final score has been determined. At the end of the game, both teams' songs are played. The winning team stands alongside the losing one and faces the students of the losing academy. The losing team then accompanies the winning team, facing their students. This is done in a show of mutual respect and solidarity. Since the winning team's alma mater is always played last, the phrase "to sing second" has become synonymous with winning the rivalry game. Army vs Navy. There is nothing in college football quite like it.