Former NFL player Daryn Colledge said today that he has enlisted in the Army National Guard.
Colledge, a 6-foot-4, 308-pound guard who played nine NFL seasons, said that after retiring last year he began searching for a new purpose in his life and has found it in the Army.
“After a year of retirement, a much needed vacation, and overdue time with my family, I’ve decided to hit the free agent market,” Colledge wrote on Twitter. “Today I am proud to announce I have thrown my hat back in the ring and decided to join a new team, start a new chapter, and seek out a new adventure. After much deliberation and discussion, I’m proud to sign my longest term deal of all time, 8 yrs and have enlisted in the Army National Guard. After all my time in the NFL, traveling, meeting, and supporting the troops, I’ve decided to step up and stand shoulder to shoulder with them. This was not a decision made lightly, we live in an ever changing world, and at this time in my life I feel it is best served with me in defense of my family, state, country.”
The 34-year-old Colledge, who grew up in North Pole, Alaska and played at Boise State, was a starter for the Packers, Cardinals and Dolphins.