Eric Kettani
Kettani escapes a defender in the 2008 Army–Navy Game
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-26) March 26, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Kirtland, Ohio
Career information
College: Navy
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2009 2012)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Lieutenant Eric Kettani (born March 26, 1987) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the United States Naval Academy. He originally signed with the New England Patriots in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.

Early yearsEdit

Kettani grew up in Kirtland, Ohio and attended High School in nearby Mentor, Ohio at Lake Catholic High School. At Lake Catholic, Kettani was a three-year letter winner in football and was the News-Herald Player of the Year and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, he was also named First-Team All-Northeast Ohio and earned all-state honors.[1]

College careerEdit

File:US Navy 081101-N-4936C-007 Navy midshipman Eric Kettani (no. 36) is tackled during a college football game between the U.S. Naval Academy and Temple University at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.jpg

Kettani attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2009. He played for the Navy Midshipmen football team from 2006–09.[2] In his last three seasons with the Midshipmen, Kettani rushed 395 times for 2,091 yards, a 5.3-yards-per-carry average, and scored 15 rushing touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots signed Kettani as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft, he was later placed on the Reserve/Military list. In 2011, he was signed to the Patriot's practice squad, however he was recalled to the Navy.

On February 14, 2012, Kettani re-signed with the Patriots. He was released on August 31 for final roster cuts before the start of the 2012 season, but signed to the team's practice squad again. He was released on September 4.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Kettani signed with the practice squad of the Washington Redskins on September 11, 2012.[3][4]

He was signed to reserve contract on January 8, 2013.[5] On August 26, 2013, he was waived by the Redskins.[6]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Kettani signed with the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad on December 24, 2013.[7] The Chiefs released him on May 12, 2014.[8]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Kettani was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on September 23, 2014. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.

Second stint with PatriotsEdit

On August 4, 2015, Kettani's agent announced that he had re-signed with the Patriots. The Patriots released Kettani on August 24, 2015.[9]

Military careerEdit

After serving three years under the United States Navy, Kettani negotiated a deal with the Department of Defense to allow him to serve seven years in the Naval reserves doing public-affairs work while simultaneously pursuing a career in the NFL in 2012.[10] On June 3, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant from his previous rank of lieutenant junior grade.[11] He had his pinning ceremony at Redskins Park, where head coach Mike Shanahan and running back coach Bobby Turner were chosen to help pin Kettani's new lieutenant bars on his uniform, along with his father.

He initially served his Navy Reserve obligations at the Pentagon for the Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO) where he served as a Public Affairs Officer until May 2015. He currently serves at Navy Community Outreach (NAVCO)in Millington, Tennessee. as Public Affairs Officer and performs other duties at the Naval Academy, where he was a student.

Personal lifeEdit

Kettani is an avid painter.[12]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  2. "DC Sports Bog". The Washington Post.
  3. Tinsman, Brian (September 11, 2012). "Redskins Shuffle Roster, Practice Squad". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  4. Wang, Gene (September 11, 2012). "Former Navy RB Eric Kettani signed to Redskins practice squad". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  5. Tinsman, Brian (January 8, 2013). "Redskins Sign Six To Reserve/Futures Contracts". Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  6. Tinsman, Brian (August 26, 2013). "Redskins Trim Roster Ahead Of Cuts". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  7. Paylor, Terez (December 23, 2013). "Former Navy fullback Eric Kettani to be signed to Chiefs' Practice Squad". Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  8. Paylor, Terez (May 12, 2014). "Chiefs release fullback Eric Kettani, receiver Rashad Ross". Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  9. Kyed, Doug (August 24, 2015). "Source: Patriots Releasing Fullback Eric Kettani, Opening Roster Spot". Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  10. Bradley, Bill (July 3, 2013). "Eric Kettani balances life as NFL player, U.S. Navy lieutenant". Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  11. Tinsman, Brian (June 3, 2013). "Eric Kettani Promoted To Navy Lieutenant". Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  12. Wagner, Bill (February 11, 2013). "Former Navy standout Kettani is artist on and off the field". Capital Gazette. Retrieved October 30, 2018.

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