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Sal Interdonato | The Times Herald-Record | December 11, 2016

Army comes up big for the late Brandon Jackson

  Morna Davis spoke to the team and was given her son's jersey after Army's win over Navy.

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.

Davis, Brandon Jackson's mother, attended her first Army game since her son, Army's sophomore cornerback, died in a car accident on Sept. 11.

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.

RELATED: Full recap of Army's 21-17 victory

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."

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.

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