D-Day is an important day in the history of the United States, and the historic day will now hold a little extra weight for New England Patriots' long snapper Joe Cardona.


After spending four years at the U.S. Naval Academy from 2011-14, Cardona was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Navy at Gillette Stadium Thursday morning.


The two-time Super Bowl champion has had to balance his NFL career with active duty commitments at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island.


A fifth-round pick by the Patriots back in 2015, Cardona has yet to miss a game during his four years as a pro, and has accomplished more than most during his time away from the game.


Cardona was promoted from the position of Lieutenant Junior Grade to Lieutenant on what is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a special accomplishment for a truly awesome individual.