Former West Point linebacker Josh McNary has changed uniforms.
Following two years in the Army, McNary is now playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
He's off the reserve-military list and was activated this week.
McNary is the all-time career sacks leader at Army and is no longer required to serve any longer in the military. The 6-foot, 251-pounder had 195 career tackles, 28 sacks and 49 tackles for losses in college and wasn't drafted.
“It just felt comfortable to be back out here. It felt natural, surprisingly,” McNary told Indiana reporters.”I was kind of concerned going into it, whether if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”
McNary was a commissioned lieutenant in the Army and was training at Fort Hood in Texas while waiting to rejoin the Colts, whose coach, Chuck Pagano, noted the similarities between the military and football.
“He made the parallel between the Army, and that team, and the team that we have here,” McNary said. “The fact that you kind of put this game into perspective, he called it a 'child's game.' He said that basically there's traits to be adopted and that team, in terms of everybody taking personal accountability and people being accountable for what they are supposed to be doing. It was inspiring.”
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