Scott Morley had never heard of West Point. He doesn’t come from a military family, and when he was in high school in the mid-1990s, he never considered serving in the armed forces as a possible career path.
But one day, he got a letter. The prestigious military school had offered Morley a full scholarship and the chance to play football.
As a junior at his Orlando, Florida-area high school, Morley was captain of his school’s football and baseball teams and swimming in academic accolades.
“I came home and I said, ‘Mom, I got a letter from Army. That's a Division 1 school,’” Morley remembered. “She goes, ‘Scott, that's West Point.’ I said, ‘Mom, no, it's Army. They play Navy in December. I saw them on TV.’”
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