Record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds is done with his college football career at Navy, and he’ll be spending the next five years on active duty fulfilling his military obligation. After that, perhaps a shot at the NFL awaits Football Bowl Division’s all-time leader in total touchdowns and points as well as rushing yards by a quarterback.
Or there’s always politics, which Reynolds didn’t rule out — well down the road, of course — after attending the State of the Union address Tuesday night. The Heisman Trophy contender was a guest of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who represents Tennessee’s 5th District that includes Nashville. Reynolds grew up in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, Tenn.
Cooper reached out to Reynolds when the former Heisman Trophy contender came to the District to receive the inaugural Dectaur Award last week in a ceremony at Decatur House, just steps from the White House. Reynolds didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation.
“It went by pretty fast,” Reynolds said of the State of the Union, which lasted under an hour. “I was kind of expecting it to take forever, but when I looked at the clock, I was surprised as to how quick time was going by. I was very engaged to what [the president] was saying, and it was an awesome experience, something I’ll remember forever.”
Cooper went to Instagram to post a photo of himself and Reynolds shaking hands in his office and tweeted it out after the president finished his address. Among the other highlights for Reynolds was meeting Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.), a 1958 graduate of the Naval Academy.
The CBS broadcast included several camera shots of Reynolds, who has been spending a great deal of time recently in the nation’s capital. During Christmas week, Navy players stayed in a District hotel ahead of the Military Bowl on Dec. 28 and toured the Capitol as well as other monuments.
The No. 21 Midshipmen (11-2) beat Pittsburgh, 42-28, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to set the program single-season record for wins and secure a third straight bowl triumph for the first time. Reynolds finished as Navy’s career leader in victories and as part of the winningest senior class in the modern era, matching the class of 1909 for the all-time mark.
Reynolds is set to come back to the District in the near future along with his teammates for a visit to the White House as winners of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy signifying service academy football supremacy. The Midshipmen beat Air Force and Army this year to reclaim the trophy after the Falcons owned it for one season. Navy won the CIC Trophy in three of Reynolds’ four years.
“Hopefully get a good spot in the team picture since I’m a captain,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been kind of [in the background] the last two times I went in, so now I’ll be right beside [the president], and I’ll be right in the middle of the picture, which will be kind of cool.”