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May042015

Patriots Rookie Joe Cardona Unsure If Navy Will Let Him Join Team

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he was drafted by the New England Patriots over the weekend, former Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is unsure if he will be able to join the team and pursue a career in the NFL.

Because of the service commitment that comes with his degree, Cardona may have to put his NFL dreams on hold.

He was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round.

"The decision is out of my hands," Cardona told Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “Right now I’m prepared to be the best football player I can be for the New England Patriots and the best naval officer I can be. Whatever duty I’m doing at the time, I’m doing it. I’m just prepared to do my best.”

Cardona is the first Navy graduate to be drafted since the Green Bay Packers selected defensive tackle Bob Kuberski in the seventh round of the 1993 draft.


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