Over a decade ago Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman sacrificed his NFL career to join the Army Rangers following the attacks of 9/11, and now, following the tragedy that unfolded at the Boston Marathon this past Monday, current NFL hopeful Brandon O’Brien is giving up his shot at playing football to re-enlist with the Marines.
O’Brien, a wide receiver at Montana State Northern University, previously served four years in the military before joining the Frontier Conference school. The 30-year-old was a huge longshot to even make the NFL at his age, but still kept his dream alive by training with Athletes Performance Institute. He was hoping that that, along with some impressive times in the 40-yd dash and short shuttle (4.56 and 4.08 seconds respectively), would be enough to garner some attention from NFL teams that might look to draft him, or sign him as an undrafted rookie, as a special teams player.
All that changed following the brutal attacks at the Boston Marathon. Feeling that the events of two days ago “left big hole in his heart,” O’Brien decided to forego his chance at NFL glory to re-enlist with the Marines.
— Dré (@Andy_Fenelon) April 16, 2013
Obviously Brandon O’Brien deserves the utmost respect for this decision, because it takes a special kind of honor and patriotism to give up your own dreams in order to keep the country you love, and the citizens that live there, safe from invaders, both foreign and domestic.