|No. -- Free agent|
|Position:||Fullback (American football)|Fullback|
|Date of birth:||March 26, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Kirtland, Ohio|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Mentor (OH) Lake Catholic|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Lieutenant Eric Kettani (born March 26, 1987) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the United States Naval Academy. He originally signed with the New England Patriots in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.
Kettani grew up in Kirtland, Ohio and attended High School in nearby Mentor, Ohio at Lake Catholic High School. At Lake Catholic, Kettani was a three-year letter winner in football and was the News-Herald Player of the Year and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, he was also named First-Team All-Northeast Ohio and earned all-state honors.
Kettani attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2009. He played for the Navy Midshipmen football team from 2006-09. In his last three seasons with the Midshipmen, Kettani rushed 395 times for 2,091 yards, a 5.3-yards-per-carry average, and scored 15 rushing touchdowns.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots signed Kettani as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft, he was later placed on the Reserve/Military list. In 2011, he was signed to the Patriot's practice squad, however he was recalled to the Navy.
On February 14, 2012, Kettani re-signed with the Patriots. He was released on August 31 for final roster cuts before the start of the 2012 season, but signed to the team's practice squad again. He was released on September 4.
Kansas City Chiefs
Kettani was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on September 23, 2014. He became a free agent after the 2014 season.
Second stint with Patriots
On August 4, 2015, Kettani's agent announced that he had re-signed with the Patriots. The Patriots released Kettani on August 24, 2015.
After serving three years under the United States Navy, Kettani negotiated a deal with the Department of Defense to allow him to serve seven years in the Naval reserves doing public-affairs work while simultaneously pursuing a career in the NFL in 2012. On June 3, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant from his previous rank of lieutenant junior grade. He had his pinning ceremony at Redskins Park, where head coach Mike Shanahan and running back coach Bobby Turner were chosen to help pin Kettani's new lieutenant bars on his uniform, along with his father.
He initially served his Navy Reserve obligations at the Pentagon for the Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO) where he served as a Public Affairs Officer until May 2015. He currently serves at Navy Community Outreach (NAVCO)in Millington, Tennessee. as Public Affairs Officer and performs other duties at the Naval Academy, where he was a student.
Kettani is an avid painter. He sells his artwork on his website, www.erickettani.com
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