It's not quite Pat Tillman choosing the Army Rangers, but it's pretty similar: former Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge, who last played in 2014, tweeted today that with his football career over, he was joining the National Guard for the next eight years.
"After a year of retirement, a much needed vacation and overdue time with my family, I've decided to hit the free agent market," Colledge wrote in part. "After much deliberation, and discussion, I'm proud to sign my longest-term deal of all time, 8 years, and have enlisted in the Army National Guard. After all my time in the NFL, traveling, meeting, and supporting the troops, I've decided to step up and stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
"This was not a decision made lightly. We live in an ever-changing world, at at this time in my life I feel it is best served with me in defense of my family, state, country."
Colledge played for the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013, finishing his career with a season in Miami. Before the Cardinals, Colledge won a Super Bowl playing with the Packers. A good guy who always had a solid perspective. When the Cardinals cut him, he tweeted the Cardinals were a "great organization heading the in the right direction." Given all that is going on in the world -- and thoughts remain with those impacted by today's events in Brussels -- it's a big step entering into any part of the military. Here's acknowledging Colledge's brave decision.