Boyer Represents Army, Texas at Medal of Honor Bowl via | Horns Illustrated

(Photo: Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)
(Photo: Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Pro football scouts have descended on Charleston, South Carolina, in advance of Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl, evaluating more than 100 college seniors during workouts in a process that could lead to the realization of dozens of NFL dreams.

Nate Boyer turns 34 the day before kickoff. His profile will not be posted atop any NFL team's wish list, but given the name of the game, he's far from out of place.

Boyer has multiple war-zone deployments to his credit, including to Afghanistan the last two summers while a member of the Texas Army National Guard. The Special Forces staff sergeant made it back in time both years for the fall semester at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor's in kinesiology and is pursuing an advanced degree in advertising.

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While academics may have factored into his post-active duty school selection, there was a bit more to it: Boyer had decided that, despite zero experience, he wanted to leave the full-time Army for big-time college football. Although his work ethic and Special Forces fitness levels dropped jaws at a walk-on workout and earned him a jersey, they didn't guarantee playing time.

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James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.

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