Of the three NFL long snappers to debut in an NFL regular season game this year, just one is a rookie. Joe Cardona of Navy, who was Fifth Round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, snaps for the Patriots and has been excellent in that role to date.
Like most long snappers, there is an interesting twist to Cardona’s narrative, as illustrated by yesterday’s story in Vice Sports. The piece describes Cardona’s “double life” as NFL player and as a Command Duty Officer in the Navy
Although the life of an NFL player is difficult enough by itself, Cardona’s ability to play dual roles and do both so well is a testament to his character and ability.