Football, Family and Unit Pride by ProQuest


Early last summer his father, Lt. Col. Michael Thompson of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade, contacted West Point Director of Football Operations Lt. Col. Bill Lynch to see if Brandon could wear the 45th's gold and red "Thunderbird" patch. Brandon, a senior defensive end and business-management major, began the season on the watch list for The Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the best interior lineman in college football.

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