Mike Viti – Bruising Linebacker and Combat Vet
How about a kid from a small town in Pennsylvania, whose Dad instilled discipline and belief. A guy who put school first and excelled in the classroom. Someone who took inspiration from his high school coach, and who wanted to play D1 football. A guy that was recruited by a number of schools, tore his ACL his senior year, but still had West Point pursuing him. A guy who knew the decision to attend West Point would be the biggest of his life – a 10 year commitment to the Academy and Active Duty – and who saw the opportunity to get a great education, play football, and give something back.
Someone who got to West Point, lost 30 pounds at Beast, and still made his way onto special teams and fullback by mid-season. A bruising fullback who took more pride in how he hit than how he scored.
A guy who became more and more confortable with the military side of Academy life as time went on, and who would be selected as a Regimental Commander and Football Team Captain his senior year.
Someone who to this day is still pissed off about the losses to Navy and who feels that those losses take a lot away from life as an Army Football player.
A guy who branched Field Artillery and deployed to Afghanistan. Was asked by his company commander if he wanted to be an Infantry Platoon Leader, said yes, and was given a rifle platoon.
Someone who did his first patrol with an Army Football brother who had shared some of life’s toughest moments with him, and who now was leading him through being attacked in an ambush.
A guy who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in combat.
That’s Mike Viti. That’s Army Football.