Former Packers star Daryn Colledge now serving in the Army
Meg Jones Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Daryn Colledge could have taken his millions, his Super Bowl ring and his memories of playing in Lambeau Field and retired to a life of leisure.
Many retired football players coach, go into broadcasting or start second careers in business. But Colledge’s post-NFL career has taken him down a decidedly different path. He still pulls on a uniform and he’s still part of a team, though now when he hears his name called, it’s not from a stadium announcer but from his fellow soldiers as he sprints to a Blackhawk helicopter. After nine seasons in the NFL, Colledge enlisted in 2016 in the Idaho National Guard for an eight-year hitch. He’s a crew chief in a medevac unit and returned home in February from an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Colledge, who lives in Boise, Idaho, will visit Wisconsin next month to speak at a USO Wisconsin gala in Milwaukee and attend a Packers game. At 37, he’s older than most Army specialists and at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds — down from his playing weight of 308 — he’s one of the biggest in his unit. He’s used to the “Huh?” reactions when people find out what he used to do for a living or when football fans learn he’s now a soldier…. Read Whole Story
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