Fallen SEAL 8 team commander honored in Army Navy game

The US Naval Academy football team paid tribute to the recently deceased Commander of SEAL Team 8 at this year’s annual Army Navy game.

Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, the SEAL 8 team commander, died Dec. 7 after sustaining injuries during fast rope training Dec. 4 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The incident is still under investigation.

As the Navy team conducted their annual field run with the flags of the United States, Navy and Marine Corps, they also added a SEAL Team 8 flag in honor of Bourgeois.

Two wide receivers, senior Michael Salisbury and sophomore Jayden Umbarger sported SEAL Team 8 patches on their uniforms, while a No.13 home shirt also featuring patches was placed on the Navy touch.

Umbarger, sporting the SEAL Team 8 patch, scored the first touchdown for Team Navy.

“An incident like this takes a heavy toll on all of us,” Captain Donald Wetherbee, Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group 2, said in a statement. “Brian was as tough as they come, an exceptional leader and a committed father, husband and friend. It is a great loss to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.

Bourgeois, himself a Naval Academy football player, left five children and a wife.

Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, Penn State alumnus, and a New York University masters candidate for business and economics reports.

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