Former West Point star Josh McNary will make his first NFL start tonight as his Indianapolis Colts face the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. As far as this blogger can tell, it’s the first time a West Point grad has started an NFL game on the defensive side of the ball since the 1950s.
An inside linebacker, McNary will be filling in for injured starter Jerrell Freeman.
Last week McNary recorded two tackles in the Colts’ season-opening loss to Denver. As a rookie in 2013, McNary appeared in the Colts’ last five regular season games and two playoff contests.
McNary is one of only three military veterans currently on an NFL roster or practice squad. Ali Villanueva, a former teammate of McNary’s at West Point, is on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. Ben Garland, an Air Force Academy graduate, is on the Denver Broncos 53-man roster but has been inactive the first two weeks of the season.
While McNary appears to be the first defensive starter from Army in many decades, Collin Mooney, a 2009 West Point grad, started four games for the Tennessee Titans last year at fullback.Read More