Nate Boyer is known for advising Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem, but the former United States Army Green Beret also had his own incredibly unique path to the NFL.
It was only after he had already served in the U.S. Army and was drafted into the Green Berets that Boyer tried as a 29-year-old walk-on for the University of Texas, despite having never played organized football in his life .
“I was preparing myself in Iraq when I started out watching YouTube videos and trying to teach myself to step back or run routes,” Boyer said Thursday morning on NFL Networks Good morning football.
After his tenure as Longhorn, Boyer enlisted in the Texas National Guard, where he had the “opportunity” to go to Afghanistan.
“I taught myself over there,” Boyer said of honing his skills as a long snapper with places where he joined an NFL team. “I took my shoulder pads and a pair of footballs with me and built a small measure of plywood and just a long shot when we had 20, 30 minutes in the desert … I did it like around the corner tucked away because it was a little weird and a little embarrassing. ”
“It’s a lot like how I learned to shoot with the gun,” Boyer added. “These little movements that you would practice, we would draw it from the holster a thousand times before you ever squeezed a round down-range.
“So with snapping it was the same for me. It was about the posture, the grip and the little pieces … learning any such skill, if I applied the military mentality to it, it just helped me figure it out faster. . “
Boyer was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an expired free agent in 2015 at the age of 34. Seattle released Boyer before the start of the regular season. The following year, Boyer made NFL headlines when he advised Kaepernick on what he thought was an appropriate form of protest during the national anthem.
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