• Nate Boyer led team onto field with flag for preseason opener
  • Seahawks needed roster spot after injury to backup quarterback

The Seattle Seahawks released long snapper Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army who was seeking to make the National Football League team as a 34-year-old rookie.

Boyer was let go as the team needed to add depth at quarterback after losing backup Tarvaris Jackson to an ankle injury.

The Seahawks announced the move in a statement.

Boyer, after military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, made the University of Texas football team as a walk-on at the age of 29 and taught himself the position of long snapper. After three seasons at Texas, the Seahawks signed Boyer as an undrafted free agent following this year’s NFL draft.

Boyer was the oldest player on the Seahawks’ roster when he carried the American flag as he led the team onto the field for its Aug. 14 preseason opener. All five of his snaps in the game were accurate and Boyer thanked the team for the opportunity afterward, saying it was an emotional moment that had significance to the servicemen and servicewomen he fought alongside.

The Seahawks have a starting long-snapper in Clint Gresham and Boyer became expendable when Jackson was injured in the opening preseason game. Seattle used Boyer’s roster spot to sign former Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters.

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