Reverse: Lawmakers Nix, Then Allow Army Football Star To Play In NFL

  • Capitol Hill lawmakers in the $1.7 trillion funding bill they passed last week reinstated a waiver allowing U.S. service academy athletes to defer their active-duty service to play professional sports.
  • The waiver was in place for years until Congress earlier this month in passing it annual Defense authorization bill required two years of active-duty service before any such waiver could be granted.
  • The passage of the Defense bill upended Army star linebacker Andre Carter II plans to enter the National Football League and play professionally.
  • Carter stayed at West Point instead of transferring under the assumption the existing rule would not be changed.
  • The senior is considered by some sports analysts as a potential first-round pick in the NFL draft in spring 2023.
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