The Seattle Seahawks signed long snapper Nate Boyer, a 34-year-old former Green Beret, as an undrafted free agent.
Boyer served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and enrolled at Texas in 2009. He walked on to Texas' football team at age 29 despite having never played football competitively and eventually earned time at long snapper as a senior in 2014. Boyer recorded more than 500 snaps without being credited with a bad snap, according to Seahawks.com.
Boyer taught himself the long snapper position and will compete with veteran Clint Gresham for a roster spot this summer. Gresham welcomed Boyer to Seattle on Twitter after his signing.
"Yeah, I've done things that are more difficult," Boyer told NFL Network Saturday after his signing. "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."
- Mike Fiammetta