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.