West Point grad signs with Titans

Collin Mooney tries to slip through Navy tacklers during the 2008 Army-Navy game. ( Eric Hartline/US PRESSWIRE)

Here’s more red meat for those that hate seeing service grads leave active duty early to play pro sports. Collin Mooney, a 2009 West Point graduate, has become the latest former service academy star to be picked up by an NFL team, signing with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, according to the team’s website.

Mooney has completed three years of his five-year service commitment, which allows him to apply for early release from active-duty per official DoD policy (academy grads must serve 24 months on active duty before being granted their release). According to the Titans website, Mooney has filed the paperwork for his release, but the process is still ongoing.

Mooney, who set an Army single-season rushing record in 2009, becomes the third service academy graduate to join an NFL team this offseason. Lt. j.g. Eric Kettani (Patriots) and Air Force Lt. Ben Garland (Broncos) will also be trying to make rosters when training camp rolls around.

Last summer Mooney was given a tryout by the Lions, but was not signed.

Earlier this week another Army vet, Morkeith Brown, signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown, a 6-foot 6-inch, 270-pound defensive end, served as an enlisted soldier before playing college football at Temple.

Last season there were only three vets in the NFL — former Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall (Marine Corps), Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Chad Hall (Air Force), and linebacker Caleb Campbell (Army), who split time with multiple teams and is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.

If you’ve never seen Mooney play,  here’s a 15-minute (!) highlight video of his blocking:

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