34-year-old former Green Beret goes through first Seahawks practice (VIDEO)

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Nate Boyer received the type of reception normally reserved for star quarterbacks and shutdown cornerbacks after finishing his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks Friday.

Not bad for an undrafted free agent long snapper. But no long snapper has a story like Boyer’s.

The former member of the Army Special Forces faced a wall of cameras and plenty of questions about his military past, his football aspirations and the opportunity he’s getting with the Seahawks after concluding the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday.

Boyer, 34, was a walk-on at the University of Texas after his military career ended, and became the Longhorns starting long snapper. He was signed by the Seahawks immediately after the draft concluded last weekend.

“Today to be able to say I’m officially an NFL player, as long as it lasts it’s amazing,” Boyer said.

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  • Mc

    I like this guy, great story! I had an Uncle, and former Green Beret (nam era) that lost use of his legs on a training mission accident, so they told my Mom and Aunt. After 3 years in traction and full body cast he made his way to a wheel chair, excepted his new life and went on to coach kids in wheel chair sports, and tried out for paralympic games, he won Silver and Bronz medals in Korea and Spain, and finally won the Gold in Atlanta. Special Forces guys are a different breed, Special may even be an understatement, never quit.

  • Matthew Wright

    Nate Boyer is one of my good friends and I’m proud of him for Serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces and I’m also glad that he got in the NFL and I’m also glad that he plays for the Seattle Seahawks because I’m a big Seattle Seahawks fan and I also support my friend Nate Boyer a bunch