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Senior Profile: Diego Fagot

This season we'll be bringing you a series of Senior Profiles and Freshman Previews. We start Navy senior linebacker Diego Fagot.

Navy's senior linebacker Diego Fagot has drawn a lot of attention for his physicality and intensity on the field. Fagot is the Midshipmen's leading tackler in the young 2021 season and has led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons. He has amassed a career total of 207 tackles, with 8.5 sacks and one interception. And he has started 23 of Navy's last 24 games.

That hard-nosed, intense, play-making machine of a football player is the Diego Fagot most people see and hear on Saturday afternoons at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, or on the road against Navy's many opponents.

But the Diego Fagot that his family sees is a young man who loves being part of both his blood family and his Navy one.

"I think just having that unity, having that closeness is really key," Fagot said at Navy's preseason media day. "And as one of four co-captains for the 2021 squad he takes his job as a team leader seriously."

"It's a great honor," he told Behind The Lines, "It's probably one of those things that I'm going to hold on to the rest of my life. I really get to be the representation of Navy football, a representation of the Brotherhood and everything we stand for.

"I feel like I'm a more vocal guy on the defense, I feel like I'm someone that gets the guys going,"

Getting teammates charged up and on the right path is something that number 54 wants to do, and something he learned from those who came before him.

"One of the things that I've really taken away from the three years of just seeing three different sets of captain is, don't get tired of doing good. Right? It's actually a Bible verse, 'Don't grow weary of choosing right, doing good.'"

He also learned some of these lessons growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one of Dean and Ann Marie Fagot's seven children. The Fagot children were home-schooled but Diego played sports for Cavalry Christian Academy where he was a three-sport star.

Besides football, he excelled in baseball and track and field. In fact, he was named "Male Athlete of the Year" in both football and track and field his senior year for all of Broward-Dade County.

But Diego's heart, and passion, lie with football where he intends to lead by example.

"We started the year off by kind of establishing our kind of mantra, or motto, for the year, 'Burn The Boats'," he shared, "That plays into everything that we're going to be doing . . . for the fall. Everything we've done up to this point is to just burn the boats."

Fagot is headed for a career as a Marine Corps officer after Navy football, unless the NFL comes calling. Many say he has the skills, talent and leadership abilities to make it in the pros.

edited for web by Joe Harman