Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, Dies at 81

Jan 24, 2015 1284

by Bruce Weber

The Army-Navy game of 1963 was an important one in that season's college football landscape. With a Heisman Trophy winner and future pro star at quarterback, Roger Staubach, Navy, the No. 2 team in the nation, won by 21-15 and went on to face top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. (Texas won.)

The Army game is better known, however, as a somber occasion, an athletic contest between military service academies that served as a memorial to their commander in chief, President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated 15 days earlier. In the aftermath, the game had been postponed a week.

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