President Trump becomes 10th commander in chief to attend storied Army-Navy football game

The skies above Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were occupied by paratroopers and Apache helicopters on Saturday, December 8, while thousands of bundled-up fans eagerly gathered for a football game below. 

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, hosted the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen this past weekend for the 119th playing of the historic game. The Army continued its winning ways for the third straight year with a 17-10 victory.

The rivalry between the Black Knights and Midshipmen is a storied one. First played in 1890 — a commanding 24-0 Navy win — the matchup has been held annually since 1930.

Overall, Navy leads the series 60-52-7, due in large part to a 14-game winning streak from 2002 to 2015, but Army is now on a winning streak of its own since 2016. 

United States President Donald Trump became the tenth sitting commander in chief to attend the game on Saturday. Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to attend in 1901, an 11-5 victory by the Black Knights. Most recently, President Barack Obama made the trip in 2011. 

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Athletes who also served time in the United States Armed Forces

Every athlete puts his or her body on the line each time they step on the field — but some superstars have put their lives on the line, too.

During several wars throughout the history of the United States, notable athletes put their sporting careers on hold to serve their country. Some, including Jackie Robinson, put in their service before making the big leagues. Others, like Ted Williams, took time away in the middle of their playing days.

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