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.