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Kyle Eckel takes Navy to Super Bowl

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Despite his father's military background — Steve Belichick coached at the Naval Academy for 33 years — and his own normally dour demeanor, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick does not run his team like the military.

Backup fullback and Navy graduate Kyle Eckel can attest to that. "We're not waking up at 5 a.m. to do jumping jacks," Eckel said. No, but Eckel could wake up on Monday morning as a Super Bowl champion. Eckel signed with the Patriots on Oct. 1 as a practice squad member and two weeks later scored his first NFL touchdown against Dallas on Oct. 14. He also led the Patriots in special teams...

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