Reggie Rembert presents President Barack Obama with a jersey as part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy presentation at the White House in 2011 (AP)Last month, two Air Force officers drove through a snowstorm in Boston, looking for any indoor field so they could have a football workout after a long day of serving their country.
One of them was an All-American cornerback a couple years ago. The other a college receiver with measurables that match up well with many of the players who will be drafted later this month.
In that snowstorm, Reggie Rembert and Spencer Armstrong eventually found a field at Harvard. They've been there before, often working out on a field alongside the women's lacrosse team.
"We got a bunch of evil looks," Armstrong says.
This is the routine for Rembert and Armstrong. They work their jobs with the United States Air Force during the day, and desperately keep the door to their NFL dreams pried open at night. They know and understand why they haven't been signed by a NFL team yet. All service academy players with pro dreams eventually learn about the obstacles, most notably the minimum two years of active duty that they have to do after graduation.
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Their big chance to impress NFL teams comes Sunday and Monday at Cowboys Stadium at the NFL's super regional combine. All 32 teams will be represented at the event, which has most of the same drills as the more well-known NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Rembert, Armstrong and two other younger former Air Force players, Alex Means and Asher Clark, are among the 218 players who were invited. So were former Army linebacker Josh McNary and Navy running back Gee Gee Greene. Service academy players don't always get this kind of chance.
"All I need is a shot," Rembert said. "I've been busting my tail for two years for this opportunity."
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