UNDRAFTED GREEN BERET: War Vet Gets Chance With Seahawks, His Story Is Muy Cool

Published on May 3, 2015

Nate Boyer’s story will leave you feeling both inspired and examining your own life.

In 2004, after reading a TIME magazine article about Darfur, Nate Boyer felt compelled to go to Africa and help those displaced from years of civil war. He volunteered to do relief work at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of the Sudan/Chad border. “I realized that there was something not right in the world, and I finally realized how fortunate we are to have everything that we have.” Boyer said. “They were so blown away that an American would come and volunteer to help them out, and I came back with this new-found patriotism and I went straight to the recruiter and told them I wanted to be in the Special Forces.” In March 2005, he joined the U.S. Army and by December 2006 he had already earned the right to be a prestigious Green Beret.

Boyer had never played football, in high school or even as a kid. But he soon found the beauty of the game when he was serving overseas. Boyer would come back to the home base after a mission in Iraq at 3 a.m. or 5 a.m. and then watch college football and NFL. It was one of his few joys while dodging gunfire and searching for terrorists in the war-torn country.

Well on Saturday, Boyer got his chance and earned his spot on an NFL roster when the Seattle Seahawks offered the 34-year-old a contract. “Yeah, I’ve done things that are more difficult,” Boyer told NFL Network’s NFL Total Access on Saturday. “You can’t really compare the two in a lot of ways, but this is a huge challenge in itself. This is the best athletes in the world. Just to get an opportunity and be able to compete… And I’m playing for a great team in a great city. I couldn’t be anymore thrilled. Just for the chance that’s all you can ask for.”

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