Former NFL Offensive Lineman, Daryn Colledge used his Twitter account yesterday, to announce his enlistment with the National Guard for an 8 year term. The 34 year old Alaskan shared with his followers his excitement at beginning a new chapter in his life, helping to serve the Country that watched him play football over his 9 year career. A full year after his retirement, following the 2014 season, Colledge described himself as prepared to ‘hit the Free Agent market’, in a teasing announcement that he had decided to stand shoulder to shoulder with the very troops that he supported when he played in the NFL. Over the course of his career, Daryn Colledge played for Green Bay, Arizona, and Miami, starting 137 games, including a streak of 122 consecutive starts. Signing up with the Green Bay Packers after being drafted in 2006 from Boise State University, Colledge went on to collect a Super Bowl ring when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. The 9 years that he played in the NFL were very successful for him, and playing for 3 major franchises over that time period gave him a wealth of experience to utilise in his time after. He has already formed a Wine company, alongside fellow NFL players Tony Moll, and Jason Spitz. Colledge is not the first NFL player to sign up with the military, and post NFL, he has already made most of his money, but his tenure will make him 42 by the time he is ready to retire. Keeping in mind that the National Guard is a military reserve force, Colledge will still be able to stay local, and most likely maintain business links whilst serving his country with pride. I personally think this is a great move by Colledge, and a lot more NFL players may follow in his stead. In a world dominated by negative headlines concerning the behaviour of NFL players, this piece of news breathes fresh air into the conversation about professional sports personalities, and their impact on society as a whole.