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Decatur City Council and the city administration had an outstanding former college football player in its midst on Wednesday, but it wasn't until later that, upon checking, it was discovered just how good the visitor was during his career.
Ross Pospisil, 25, a friend of Councilman Cam Collier, sat in on the meeting as an interested observer. He was introduced by Collier to various city officials on hand for the meeting.
Pospisil was an inside linebacker at Navy, although his six-foot, 227-pound frame didn't give him the look of a linebacker. But Pospisil was a ferocious performer on the field for Nav, during a career that spanned three seasons and concluded in early January of 2011 when he became only the 22nd Navy player to be selected to the annual East-West Shrine Game.
Hailed as an inspirational leader by his teammates, they chose him as a defensive team captain for his senior season of 2010.
The native of Temple, Texas, was an inspirational leader off the field, too.
"The way he plays on the field is the way he is in the hall, the way he is when it comes to academics," Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said on the Navy football website "He's one of the few guys that's actually a phenomenal football player, a great midshipman, and a very good student ... Everything he does, he does at a high level."
When, after being introduced at the meeting, he mentioned that as a Navy football player he took part in two victories over Notre Dame, Pospisil received a good-natured invitation to the annual Notre Dame Smoker in Decatur from Building and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage ... which filled council chambers with laughter.
"He was a student (at the Naval Academy) when I was an instructor there," Collier, a Naval Reserve officer, said later. "I became kind of a mentor to him and we just became good friends. He stops in every once in a while. My wife is a mentor to his wife (who currently is stationed in the Middle East).
Pospisil is a first lieutenant with the Marines, stationed at Camp Pendleton in southern California.