'New adventure': Former AZ Cardinal to join Army

Posted at 9:40 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 07:24:19-04

Eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Arizona Cardinals safety and former Arizona State Sun Devils star Pat Tillman turned down a $3.6 million contract from the Cardinals to serve his country in the U.S. Army.

Fourteen years later, former Cardinal Daryn Colledge will follow in Tillman's footsteps.

The 34-year-old Colledge, who played for the Cardinals from 2011-13, announced Tuesday that he has "decided to join a new team, start a new chapter, and seek out a new adventure" in the Army National Guard.

The Alaskan-born Colledge was a second-round NFL Draft pick, the highest-ever selection for a player from Alaska. He played in nine NFL seasons and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2010. He finished his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins in 2014.

Colledge played in 141 NFL games and started 137 of them.