Moments after the NFL draft ended, the Seahawks signed an undrafted free agent whose story will be an inspiration to many.
Nate Boyer, a long snapper from Texas, is the newest member of the Seahawks. But Boyer is much more than that: He’s a 34-year-old who served with the Green Berets in Iraq and Afghanistan and had never played organized football at any level until he decided in his late 20s that he’d like to go to college and try playing football, and it occurred to him that learning to long snap could be a way to do that.
Boyer is a long shot to make an NFL regular-season roster, but he says he’s committed to putting in all the work it will take.
“I’m just thrilled to get an opportunity,” Boyer said on NFL Network. “This is the best athletes in the world, and just to get an opportunity and be able to compete, play for a great team in a great city, I couldn’t be more thrilled, just for the chance.”
It’s a chance Boyer has earned by following a long and winding path to the NFL.