But McCallum can. "You don't hurt the ones you love," he says.
On the other hand, McCallum and Navy football fans won't be the only ones to profit from his additional season. He'll be a joy to watch, surely, but the boon will be to all those young men—teammates, plebes and even opponents—lucky enough to be exposed to such an example. The Navy team senses that. Last spring, it elected McCallum one of its two co-captains.
Says McCallum, "I like to have someone else out there firing us up. But if there's no one doing that, then I have to." That, simply, is the voice of a man ready to rise to any occasion.