Saturday was the 119th Army-Navy game in Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and it had everything of which great games are made – a stirring invocation, a visit from the President of the United States, a cheering audience and great play.
It started off with a powerful prayer before the game by military chaplain Matthew Pawlikowski.
From Daily Caller:
“God of wonders, some wonder why we pray for a football game,” Pawlikowski said. “So I tell them in this game, every player on the field is willing to die for every person watching.”
Pawlikowski continued, “And there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for what is truly good.”
And so, God, I do pray for these players on this field and all the good they represent. Their fellow cadets and midshipmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, firefighters, first responders, police, and countless others who lay down their lives daily in our defense because in your eyes, God, it’s not the critic who counts but those who actually step in to the arena. And so, almighty God, we who are willing to die for others, we salute you. Let this game begin. Amen.
An incredible anthem.
And in the grand tradition of the game, President Donald Trump was in attendance and did the coin toss. He was met with cheers. He is the tenth sitting president to attend the game since Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Trump also attended it shortly after he won the election in 2016.
And Army controlled the game from the outset as Navy couldn’t seem to find the handle and suffered from fumbles. Army took the game, 17-10, with its third win in a row against Navy.