ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP) - Scott Pospisil
knew it years ago.
could see something unique in his
wife Linda looked at each other.
"Ross has gone far beyond what I've ever done," said Scott, a longtime pastor.
Navy's defensive team captain, Pospisil is nearing the end of a fantastic football career.
During his three years playing for Navy, he has led the team in tackles the last two seasons and helped the Midshipmen extend their school-record stretch of Commander-in-Chief Trophies (awarded to the team with the best record between the service academies) and bowl berths to seven apiece.
also has enjoyed two wins over Notre Dame
, both in South Bend.
On New Year's Eve, Navy
met Missouri in the Texas Bowl in Houston.
contributed four solo tackles, one-and-a-half sacks, and an interception in the Middies' 35-13 drubbing of the Tigers.
The win put Navy
at the 10-win plateau for only the third time in the program's history.
But Pospisil's legacy at the venerable service academy in Annapolis, Md., goes far beyond wins, losses, and defensive statistics.
is a servant-leader poster child not only for the Brigade of Midshipmen but also for his
deep Christian faith.
For the last two years, Pospisil
has organized a toy drive for needy families in Annapolis.
And despite his grueling academy schedule, he also has found time for other community outreach events like cleaning at the Baltimore Zoo for a day, helping families with yard work, assisting a local church's clothing drive, working at a food kitchen, sharing his faith at a boy's camp, and serving as a Special Olympics escort.
Last summer, he
earned one of 106 nominations nationwide for the American Football Coaches Association
Good Works Team.
"Service is one of the greatest joys in life when you get a group together to serve others and fulfill a need," said Pospisil
, who placed his
faith in Christ at age 6 and currently attends the non-denominational Mariner's Church in Annapolis.
"Community service and outreach has always been a focal point of my family."
has a powerful serving paradigm in his
Scott, an assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, trains leaders for adult ministries, while Linda is the church's women's coordinator.