Air Force running back Brad Roberts, who led the NCAA in rushing yards in the 2021 season, has been granted permission by the Air Force to delay his commission for the NFL, according to his representative Joe Vaccaro. This means that Roberts is now eligible to be drafted and play in the upcoming NFL season.
Roberts had met with President Biden at the White House on Thursday night as part of the Air Force football team’s visit to celebrate their victory in the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. He had expressed his desire to play in the NFL but was uncertain about the possibility due to his Air Force commitment.
The Air Force Academy requires graduates to serve at least five years of active duty in the Air Force, but Roberts has been granted an exception to this rule. He will now have the opportunity to pursue his dream of playing professional football.
This news has been met with excitement by fans on social media. Many have taken to Twitter to express their support for Roberts and their anticipation to see him play at the highest level of the sport.
One fan wrote, “Brad Roberts was already a beast on the college level, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in the NFL! #GoAirForce #NFLDraft2023.” Another fan tweeted, “So happy for Brad Roberts! He deserves this opportunity to play at the next level. #AirForce #NFLDraft.”
Roberts’ success on the football field has been remarkable. He finished the 2021 season with 1,877 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the NCAA in both categories. He was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the best running back in college football.
Roberts is known for his physicality and ability to break tackles. He has been compared to former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch for his style of play. He will likely be a mid-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
This decision by the Air Force to grant Roberts permission to delay his commission for the NFL is a significant milestone in the ongoing debate over the role of military service and professional sports. Many athletes have faced similar challenges in balancing their desire to play at the highest level with their commitment to military service.
In conclusion, Air Force running back Brad Roberts has been granted permission to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. This news has been met with excitement by fans, who are eager to see him play at the highest level of the sport. This decision by the Air Force is a significant milestone in the ongoing debate over the role of military service and professional sports. We wish Brad Roberts all the best in his future endeavors.
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