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Nate Boyer on the American Dream

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Seahawks longsnapper Nate Boyer, a former Army Green Beret with multiple tours of duty overseas, just penned one of the better MMQB guest-columns I've read. In it, he talks about his decision to join the Army and become a Green Beret, about his decision to walk on at Texas despite never playing a down of football in his life, and about his decision to declare for the Draft. The 34-year old rookie is the Seahawks' oldest player. This does not matter in his mind.

Boyer cites this viral Shia LaBeouf monologue, and notes that:

"Over the past month, many have poked fun at the actor's words. He's been called crazy for saying them. But in my mind, Shia LaBeouf's monologue (part of a collaboration project with fine-art students in London) includes some of the sanest advice I've ever heard."

Says Boyer:

"What is your American dream? If you aren't pursuing what you love, then you are crazy, not Shia LaBeouf. Crazy is ignoring what you're passionate about because it seems too hard, or out of reach. Crazy is being afraid of failure. Crazy is working a job you hate because you think you don't have a choice. In this country, no matter who you are or where you came from, we all have a choice. If you choose to make excuses, then so be it."

Inspiring words from an inspiring person. Do yourself a favor and read the whole article here.