As the opening kickoff of the annual Army-Navy football showdown draws near, leaders from the two rival service academies and a top Pentagon official weigh in with video messages.

On the Navy side, Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr., the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, gives some advice.

On the Army side, we hear from West Point's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and West Point's first captain, Simone Askew.

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