Meet the 34-Year-Old Green Beret Who Hopes to Be the NFL's Unlikeliest Rookie
You've heard of "American Sniper," but how about "American Snapper"?
Staff Sgt. Nate Boyer is a 34-year-old Green Beret who has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, Boyer has a new mission: make an NFL roster.
At the end of his deployment in 2009, Boyer went to the University of Texas at Austin to join the Longhorns football team, despite the fact that he had never played the sport before. Through hard work, Boyer made the squad.
At the end of his second year, he decided he wanted to go for the starting long snapping job. In the second game of his redshirt sophomore season, Boyer took over the position due to injuries to other players and he kept it for three seasons, never registering an inaccurate snap in 500 attempts.
Even though he's significantly older than a typical NFL rookie at 34 and smaller than a typical long snapper at 5'11", 220-pounds, Boyer is now hoping to make his pro football dream come true.
On "Fox and Friends" this morning, Boyer explained that he believes he can make an NFL roster because he feels healthy in body and mind.
"I'm passionate about what I do. There is nothing I'm going to do but follow my dreams and do what I love, no matter what it is," Boyer said.
"No matter who you are, I don't think you're too old to try anything," Boyer said. "I don't know why we have to put these limits on ourselves, such as, 'I'm too old, I'm too small, I'm not smart enough' or whatever. There is just no reason."
Why wouldn't a team take a chance on you? Brian Kilmeade asked.
"I don't even see it as taking a chance. It's just taking a look. I mean, I know I don't fit that typical mold ... I may not have that. Just atypical. And I don't think there's anything wrong with being atypical."
Watch the "Fox and Friends" interview above and learn more about Boyer and his inspiring NFL journey by following him on Twitter.
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