The highest rank in the U.S Navy that he ever held was Lieutenant Junior Grade. However, this former U.S. Naval Academy basketball star will always be known by his notable nautical nickname, The Admiral.
Today, Veteran’s Day, is the perfect day to remember this exceptional individual and stellar athlete – perhaps the NBA’s most famous military veteran. David Robinson stands very tall as an example for the mryiads of other men and women, whom we honor today, that have faithfully defended our nation.
In The Admiral’s case, not only did he distinguish himself as an officer in the U.S. Navy, but he also excelled on the NBA hardwood following his mandatory service in the military and an amazing basketball career at Navy. Robinson became a Hall of Fame center and two-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs.
“…David Robinson will always be remembered for his unexpected, brilliant college basketball career at the U.S. Naval Academy where Navy fans first saw him as The Admiral.
Robinson only started playing basketball competitively as a high school senior. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a skinny 6’8” and 185 lb. freshman with very little basketball ability. Robinson even needed special permission from the Navy to apply to the Academy. He was already taller than the military school’s maximum height allowance.
The late-blooming Robinson graduated four years later as a muscular, highly skilled 7’1” athletic center.
Robinson left his mark on college basketball as the all-time greatest U.S. Naval Academy player. In his junior year, The Admiral led the Midshipmen to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament, the school’s highest finish ever. During his senior season, he averaged 28.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game.
Robinson received college basketball’s two highest honors during his senior season. The Admiral won both the Naismith and Wooden Awards. They’re given each year to NCAA college basketball’s top overall player.”
Though David Robinson is the focus of today’s blog, I wish to acknowledge the legions of other athletes, both male and female, who have served our country and fought for our freedom.
Thanks to basketball’s Admiral and the countless unknown soldiers who have protected our liberty as well as our shores.
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