Army Star Josh McNary Gets a Shot at the NFL


Former Army star defensive end/linebacker and current lieutenant Josh McNary has signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The team has placed him on the reserve-military list until he completes his military obligation on May 21st.

Army fans will remember McNary for his outstanding performance in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, where he returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown and sparked the Black Knights to a 16–14 win over Southern Methodist University.

McNary, currently stationed with an artillery unit at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, attracted interest after an outstanding performance at the NFL’s Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium and he joins a Colts team in desperate need of pass rushers after longtime anchor Dwight Freeney left the team in free agency.

McNary told ESPN that he’s ready for the challenge:

“Once I committed to going to the combine and stuff like that, I incorporated a lot of football skills and drills to kind of bring msyelf back. So I’ve been doing a lot of drills in general, things that get me moving like a football player again because that doesn’t happen overnight. I was still in shape being in the Army and everything, but it’s a different type of shape. In the Army, it’s a lot more long-distance running, more endurance-based and football is more of an explosive sport.”

The Colts were a surprise playoff team last season. Training camp opens in late July.

13 Comments on "Army Star Josh McNary Gets a Shot at the NFL"

  1. Mike Hatcher | April 15, 2013 at 8:35 am |

    Shouldn’t he be going into the Army to fulfill his committment? Just asking since we paid for his education

  2. Conrad vonBlankenbur | April 15, 2013 at 9:32 am |

    Do your duty like everyone else. Pay your dues for the education I paid for for you. Then you can think about playing kid’s games for money. No before that.

  3. so what happens to ALL the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ the taxpayer has forked over to educate him?

    Compensation is a must here.

    He needs to fork over the $$$$

    we spent on him if he takes this deal

  4. I see no one bothered to actually read the article.

    It’s not that hard. The second sentence completely negates everything everyone has commented on so far.

  5. He has the talent screw the money there are plenty people that want to take his place. Handle your business young man we know where your heart is. Ooooh raaah

  6. 1) He has fulfilled his obligation. The Army offers early outs when there are forced cuts by the DoD.

    2) The Army is cutting over 50,000 Soldiers.

    3) There is a huge recruiting value from having an Army officer and West Point Grad going into the NFL. This benefits the Academy and the Army. This type of publicity can’t be purchased.

    I wish him well.

  7. I don’t know what decade people are living in. The majority of West Pointers don’t make a career out of the Army anymore. Google “retention rates for west point graduates”. Or read “The Unforgiving Minute” about a USMA grad and Rhodes Scholar. The author spent most of his time in school, did one tour and got out. The is becoming the norm.

    If you ask me, the service academies should be closed, or more spots should be opened to enlisted soldiers who have already served in the military and are more likely to make a career of it. But nostalgia prevents reforms and the service academies produce people who are very much in demand in the private sector. Many, if not most will leave the service well before retirement. Every class sees people taking early outs, not just athletes but former officers who are looking for big money in the private sector.

    This goes unpublicised, but people stand around crying about the handful of athletes doing what hundreds of former cadets have been doing for years. The system allows this. Meanwhile, OCS and ROTC grads cost the DOD far less money and produce officers as good as or better than the service academies.

  8. Millions or the military? Pat Tillman was killed by who? It wasn’t Taliban. Sad but true and the Army used that propaganda like crazy telling the world that he was killed by Taliban fighters blah blah blah. And guess what Pat turned down a multimillion dollar contract for what an enlistment as and enlisted not officer for pennies compared to what he was use to making. This young man has done his duty in a military that is trying to recover from scandals past. Besides this is good for the Army and it gives them an A in letting there young men an women leave the Army early to venture into other careers.

  9. Everyone is bashing him, how the heck do you not know that he has met his obligation of 3 yrs and might be finishing out his time in the reserves. Just like david robinson when he graduated from Annapolis he did no active duty time he was in the Naval Reserves for 5 years. Maybe if people actually spend time in the military and know the rules they can comment until then. Sit back in your chair, read the funny papers, and drink your beer, and how the hell dont you know if he has agreed to pay back any remaining money just because the article does not say so. Maybe you should know all the facts before commenting.

  10. Don’t worry ya’ll, he will have plenty of money

    from the NFL to pay back the tax payers, and will have an obligation to a local reserve unit.

  11. He would have to pay it back if and I repeat if the military lets him leave and play pro

  12. KEVIN PIGRAM | April 18, 2013 at 1:10 am |

    He has already done three years and you do not have to do all the time on active duty. The rest can be done another way.

  13. Eeh, so many people who join quit at the first chance of something better. I mean he is going to play a kids game for a living, why do we care?

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