For college football fans, August promises another season and it’s just around the corner. For Annapolis, this means Navy football. The Midshipmen bear the burden of history and tradition with 1 national championship, 2 Heisman Trophy Winners, 3 head coaches and 19 players in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Bill the Goat as their eternal mascot. Their biggest rival is Army, culminating in the famous Army-Navy game played every December. Current Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo will kick off his 10th season on September 3, 2016 against Fordham University after building a 68-37 win-loss record the past 9 seasons at Annapolis.
In 1926, Navy won its only national championship in when Navy shared the mythical honor with Alabama and Stanford, who played to a 7-7 tie at the Rose Bowl. Stanford ended the season 10-0-1, while the Crimson Tide and Midshipmen had identical 9-0-1 records.
Heisman Trophy Winners
Joe Bellino played halfback for Navy and won the Heisman Trophy in 1960. He then played three seasons for the American Football League Boston Patriots. Bellino was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Roger Staubach played quarterback for Navy and won the Heisman Trophy in 1963. Afterwards, he played with the Dallas Cowboys for 11 seasons and won the Super Bowl two times as starting quarterback.
Both Bellino and Staubach served 5 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy before playing professional football. Both men are inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (NMCMS)
Located near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, NMCMS is the home field of the Navy Midshipmen football team. Since 2013, the stadium has been the site of the Military Bowl, which Navy won in 2015 with a 44-28 victory over Pittsburgh, ending the season with #18 Associated Press ranking. Founded in 1959, the stadium serves also as Navy and Marine Corps memorial dedicated to those who have served and will serve these two branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
A B&B Near the Stadium
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is less than two miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.