ESPN TO AIR PIECE ON RAFI MONTALVO
Dec. 6, 2012
ESPN will air a special piece on freshman quarterback Rafi Montalvo on Friday and Saturday during SportsCenter. The piece will also air on ESPN.Com.
Montalvo was involved in a serious automobile accident on Thanksgiving night while home in Miami. He was the passenger in a single-vehicle accident and has been in critical condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami.
Montalvo, who goes by the nickname Rafi, has been a member of the scout team most of the season, but was recently promoted to third string due to an injury sustained by sophomore John Hendrick. Montalvo was due to travel to Philadelphia and dress for the Army-Navy game.
Montalvo is a 2011 graduate of La Salle High, where he lettered in football, track and field and lacrosse. The 6-foot, 195-pounder earned honorable mention All-State honors in football and was selected as team Most Valuable Player as a senior. Montalvo, whose father -- also named Ralph -- played football at the University of Miami -- spent the 2011-2012 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School.
ESPN interviewed junior linebacker Vinnie Mauro, junior nose guard Travis Bridges, sophomore slot back Ryan Williams-Jenkins, offensive line coach Chris Cutlon, who recruited Montalvo to Navy, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ivin Jasper and head coach Ken Niumatalolo for the piece that will be narrated by Greg Garber.
Navy will show its support for Montalvo on Saturday at the Army-Navy game by wearing a sticker that says Rafi on the back of their helmets.