Army-Navy Game

The Army-Navy game represents one of the most important rivalries in college football and dates back to 1890. The football contest pits the military's two oldest commissioning institutions against one another, and the yearly game has come to embody the spirit of interservice rivalry. This entry discusses the history of the Army-Navy game and some of the game’s traditions.


The cadets of the United States Military Academy and the midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy first met on the gridiron in 1890 when a newly formed Army football team challenged a Navy team that had been in existence since 1879 to a game at West Point. The experienced Navy team shut out the cadets and began one of the most storied college football rivalries. The ...

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