The Navy Football Brotherhood is an organization with a mission “To serve and support the United States Naval Academy Football Program and players of the past, present, and future. The “Brotherhood” is the brainchild of Frank Schenk, a fellow alumni and former football player. One of Frank’s claims to fame is kicking the winning field goal at an Army – Navy game with seconds remaining. Frank has done an outstanding job and puts a lot of time and effort into the Brotherhood organization. He keeps everyone informed and has developed a number of initiatives which support the overall mission. At each home game in Annapolis there is a Brotherhood tent where former football players gather and get acquainted or re-acquainted.
Frank sends out updates on a regular basis, especially during the season. In these updates he also honors Our Fallen Brothers, former football players who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. On a recent update he mentioned Brendan Looney, which brought back memories of the book “Brothers Forever”. The book is the story of two Naval Academy graduates, Brendan Looney and Travis Manion, who were classmates and close friends. Brendan was a Navy SEAL and Travis was in the Marines. They both ended up making the ultimate sacrifice for their country and their enduring bond continues to this day as they are both buried side by side in Arlington National Cemetery. If you haven’t read the book I recommend it.
Brendan’s core values, and a saying he lived by was “Be Strong. Be Accountable. Never Complain”. He further outlined how to live by this code:
- Make good choices
- Create goals
- Give 110%
- Work hard in school, on the field, and in the workplace
- Help and encourage others
- Give back to community
- Working always to better yourself, means giving your best self to others. No regrets.
There is a great deal of wisdom in his advice. In whatever you strive to do keep these words in mind. Your mindset is your primary weapon, so Be Strong both mentally and physically. Be Accountable since once you commit you are responsible to yourself. Never Complain and do something about it, find a way or make one.