Late Saturday afternoon, just minutes after the 2015 NFL draft concluded, Nate Boyer's cell phone lit up with a number that made no sense … except it fit perfectly into the story of the NFL's most improbable rookie prospect.
Boyer, a former Green Beret who less than a year ago was involved in combat in the mountains of Afghanistan. It was part of his summer job, if you will, in the Army Reserves. The rest of the year he was the starting long snapper for the University of Texas.
He is also 34 years old – self described as "too old and too slow." And oh, he never played high school football. He walked on at UT only five years ago on sort of a lark after he was enrolled following repeated frontline tours in the Iraq War. Nate Boyer (Getty Images)
So after Texas' 2014 season ended, he decided to try out for the NFL, no matter how unlikely it seemed.
Boyer knew, at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, he'd never be drafted. The end of that event Saturday, however, meant teams could start signing free agents for camp spots.Read More »from Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer commanded Seahawks' attention without a workout