“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Military Standout Geoffrey Bacon
- Updated: September 29, 2014
– General George C. Marshall
This legendary quote, which is displayed adjacent to the football field at Michie Stadium on the West Point campus, was delivered by Gen. Marshall during World War II. Nearly 70 years later, that statement still echoes true on battlefields throughout the world.
On the plains of the Military Academy, many of the cadets destined for deployment continue to hone their football skills on Saturday afternoons.
Standing tall among them is senior standout Geoffrey Bacon, a tackling machine, team captain and veteran defensive leader. In his four years at the academy, Bacon has racked up over 270 tackles, to rank among the most prolific defenders in West Point history. His 136 tackles last year was 9th best in school history.
But Bacon, like many of his predecessors, is much more than a football player.
From Lt. Colonel Hailey Clancy, a professor at West Point: “At an institution where all students take an oath to ‘never, lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do’, Geoff is absolutely the best cadet out of roughly 750 cadets I have worked with. His integrity is beyond reproach.”
Professor Clancy continues: “His calm demeanor and dedication to duty inspires confidence in all who work with him in the barracks, in the classroom, during military field training or on the gridiron.”
Bacon excels in all three pillars at West Point – academics, athletics and leadership. He attends class from 7:30 in the morning until nearly three in the afternoon – and his grade point average has increased every semester he has been at the academy. From 3 until 8 he is at the football facility, practicing, working out and attending meetings. In the evenings, he has homework and leadership meetings before lights out at 11:30.
Heavily involved in the community, especially the Special Olympics as his twin brother has Down’s Syndrome.
Not surprisingly Bacon is one of the outstanding 42 candidates for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.
“Geoff epitomizes the combination of character and football performance embodied in the Lott IMPACT Trophy by putting his character into action, humbly making a positive impact in the lives of everyone he meets,” says Professor Clancy.
The 215-pound Bacon from contributed four more tackles in Army’s exciting overtime loss to Yale.
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