Army-Navy Game: Army comes up big for the late Brandon Jackson
BALTIMORE — Tears flowed down Kell Walker's face as Morna Davis spoke in front of the Army football team following the program's biggest win in nearly two decades.
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A victorious locker room, which included Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning and the Chief of Staff of the Army Mark Miley, went silent as Davis addressed the team following a 21-17 win, snapping Navy's 14-game winning streak in the series.
"I got really emotional," said Walker, a freshman running back. "She is a strong woman and she raised a wonderful son. We just are grateful to her for letting him be a part of our lives."
Playing in his first Army-Navy game, Walker remembered Jackson's favorite quote, "Scared money don't make no money." Army coaches moved Walker from slotback to fullback for the game.
"I couldn't be scared, I just had to step up," Walker said.
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Walker stepped up with a team-high 94 yards on just 16 carries.
"I always think of Brandon's quote and I always think of Brandon," Walker said. "Brandon wasn't a big defensive back. He wasn't stacked but he was physical, fast and aggressive. He made plays. As a freshman slotback playing fullback, I just had to resemble his attitude."
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Army has set up a locker for Jackson's jersey, helmets and cleats — both at home and on the road — since his death. When Davis was finished speaking to the team, the Black Knights presented her with Brandon's No. 28 Airborne jersey, the uniform he would have worn Saturday, and a hooded sweatshirt.
"We definitely showed out for [Jackson's] family," Army co-captain Andrew King said. "We came out with a victory. Brandon is still with this team. He is watching over us and he is jumping in heaven right now.
This article is written by Sal Interdonato from The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y. and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network.