Cardona joined the Patriots before the start of the 2015 season and has played in every game since then. He’s managed to balance his football life with his military career.
“Congratulations to Lieutenant Joe Cardona on his promotion,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, according to ESPN. “And obviously a day to remember our World War II veterans on D-Day. The 75th anniversary, that's kind of a big one for us. I want to recognize all the things that they did.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also commended Cardona on his promotion.
“It's pretty emotional when you see someone take the oath like that and raise his hand. It's a big commitment Joe's made, and I think Joe has done it very proudly and does a great job educating a lot of us on what it means to him. I think we all appreciate that,” Brady said, adding his teammates were proud of his accomplishments off the field.
The Patriots selected Cardona in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He’s received two Super Bowl rings during his time on the Patriots. According to ESPN, he and Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach are the only U.S. Naval Academy graduates to own multiple Super Bowl rings.