[caption id="attachment_30474" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nate Boyer, a 34-year-old former U.S. Army Green Beret who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and then walked on to the University of Texas as a long snapper playing football for the first time, has signed as contract with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent (Matthew Emmons/USA Today).[/caption]
NFL Network reported minutes after the three-day draft ended with the 256th and final pick the Seahawks are signing long-snapper Nate Boyer, an ex-Army Green Beret, to a contract and tryout as an undrafted free agent. Boyer confirmed it on live television minutes after that.
The team has a rookie minicamp in Renton beginning Thursday. And the 34-year-old veteran of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan in an elite Army Special Forces unit will be here at Seahawks headquarters for it.
"I appreciate America! I appreciate everybody!" a beaming, booming Boyer said live on NFL Network this afternoon.
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Asked what he will say to his new Seahawks teammates when he talks to them for the first time, the Texas Longhorns walk-on who had never played a competitive down of football until he arrived at Austin out the Army said: "I want to earn their respect...honestly, I'm nobody special."
Boyer's remarkable story is here. It comes a day after the team divided some of its rabid fan base by drafting in the second round Frank Clark, a defensive end kicked out of the Michigan program after an arrest and jailing on charges of assault and domestic violence..
Seattle re-signed free agent long snapper Clint Gresham in the offseason. But he now has some worthy competition, worthy in more ways than one.