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Soldier takes gridiron bravery to another level

Updated: November 25, 2003, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

Quarterback Chad Jenkins hobbled onto the field with a torn knee ligament and took Army to victory over Navy two years ago. In football, that's what passes for courage and leadership.

These days, 2nd Lt. Jenkins commands a 37-man rifle platoon that conducts night patrols, searches for explosive devices, guards an ammunition dump and dodges bullets in one of Iraq's hottest danger zones. That's taking bravery to another level.

A rocket-propelled grenade landed 10 yards from his Humvee recently ...

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