HAMILTON, NJ - On the gridiron Hamilton high school football standout Joe Horn has built a career on defending his team’s quarterback. On the 4th of July, the anniversary of our nation’s founding, the scholar athlete announced that he was committing his college career, and at least five years after, to defending the United States.

In September, 2020, Horn will be heading the United States Naval Academy where, in addition to playing football, he is considering studying aeronautics engineering. At only 17 Horn understands he still has “a lot to learn,” but believes that his college decision was the best one to “set him up for the rest of (his) life.”

Following his time at college, Horn will spend five years in the Navy, including serving at least three tours of duty, in return for which, the offensive lineman told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, he will earn a “meaningful degree,” and, without the burden of student loans, be “financially stable.”

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To be sure, with offers from Rutgers University, Boston College, Colgate, and others, the Naval wasn’t Horn’s only option he said, confirming that is perhaps his father’s career in service to the community that provided some inspiration. 

Asked about Joe Horn Sr.’s career as a Hamilton Township firefighter, a role he started in as a 16-year old volunteer, the future military man said simply that “it left a mark.”


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