WASHINGTON, D.C.-United States senator Joe Manchin and Herd quarterbacking legend Byron Leftwich will join former Herd coach and Navy AD Jack Lengyel and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Hershel “Woody” Williams as honorary captains at Friday’s 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl matchup versus the Maryland, Marshall Athletics announced Tuesday evening.
Manchin is finishing his third year as West Virginia’s junior senator. He had previously served as the state’s Governor from 2005-10 and, before that, its Secretary of State from 2001-05. He was elected to the state House of Delegates in 1982 at the age of 35 and was later elected to the state senate in 1986, where he served until 1996.
Leftwich has enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for over 10,000 yards and a victory in Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers in 2008. Before that, he had a spectacular Marshall career and is still first in completion percentage (65.1%) and second in pass attempts (1,442), completions (939), passing yards (11,903), touchdown passes (89) and total offense (12,084) in the school’s all-time record book.