Memphian ‘excited’ to represent the military after SecDef greenlights chance to play in NFL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis athlete is finally getting the opportunity to follow his dreams.

Back in May, Cameron Kinley was at minicamp for the Tampa Bay Bucs before introducing Vice President Kamala Harris as the Naval Academy’s graduating class president.

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Just a few short weeks later, Kinley learned his dreams of being a professional in the NFL would be put on hold when his request to delay his commission was denied.

Tuesday, Kinley announced the Secretary of Defense would allow him to attend training camp with the Super Bowl champions.

In a social media post, Kinley said he was excited to represent the military in the NFL.

In an interview with FOX13, Kinley told us that he wanted his story so there would be more consistency for future grads with dreams to compete professionally and serve.

President Joe Biden issued a statement on Kinley’s future:

“Today, I was pleased to learn from Secretary of Defense Austin that he has granted Cameron Kinley’s request to pursue a playing career in the National Football League prior to his service as a naval officer.

I am confident that Cameron will represent the Navy well in the NFL, just as he did as a standout athlete and class president at the Naval Academy. After his NFL career is over, he will continue to make us proud as an officer in the United States Navy.”