Army and Navy first met on the field on November 29, 1890, and have met annually since 1930. The game is the last of three contests in the annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series. Through the 2020 meeting, Navy leads the series 61–53–7. It is traditionally the last regular-season game played in NCAA Division I football.
About Army–Navy Game in brief
Army and Navy first met on the field on November 29, 1890, and have met annually since 1930. The Army–Navy game is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football. Since 2009, the game has been held on the Saturday following FBS conference championship weekend. The game is the last of three contests in the annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series, awarded to each season’s winner of the triangular series between Army, Navy, and Air Force since 1972. Through the 2020 meeting, Navy leads the series 61–53–7. For much of the first two thirds of the 20th century, both Army and Navy were often national powers, and the game occasionally had national championship implications. Since 1963, only the 1996, 2010, 2016 and 2017 games have seen both teams enter with winning records. It has aired nationally on radio since 1930, and has been nationally televised on a broadcast network every year since 1945. The phrases \”Beat Navy!\” and \”Beat Army!\” are ingrained in the respective institutions and have become a symbol of competitiveness. The winning team’s alma mater is always played at the end of the game, and both winning and losing teams’ alma matres are sung. The losing team accompanies the winning team, then the losing team, to the stands alongside their losing team.
This is done in a show of mutual respect and solidarity. The rivalry between Annapolis and West Point, while friendly, is intense. The American national anthem is usually sung by members of the United States Military Academy and Naval Academy choirs. Unlike other football games, a notable recording artist or artist or band does not perform the national anthem of the U.S. Naval Academy and United States military Academy. This year’s game was played in Philadelphia, followed by the New York area and the Baltimore–Washington area. It is traditionally the last regular-season game played in NCAA Division I football. Some participants in the game have gone on to professional football careers. For example, quarterback Roger Staubach went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys that included starting at quarterback in two Super Bowl victories including being named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI and Alejandro Villanueva is currently an offensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The games are usually played at their home fields, although on occasion they have been held at a neutral field.