Drafted in the sixth round by the Indianapolis Colts last April, John Boyett was placed on the team's "non-football injury list" on July 23. The move allows Boyett to train and rehab after knee surgery last fall without taking up a spot on the 53-man roster. It shows the team is taking a long-term interest in him, at least by NFL standards, and wants him to be healthy before making a decision about his potential as a pro safety.
Putting one foot in front of the other: John Boyett takes the field during Colts rookie camp in May. Indianapolis drafted him knowing he might not be ready for training camp after surgery to repair two torn tendons in his knees last fall. (Michael Hickey, Getty Images photo).
The 5-10, 203-lb. former Duck totaled 278 tackles and 10 interceptions in an Oregon career that included a career-high 17 tackles in the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. He was named a 2nd team All-American by si.com in 2010-11, named to the Lott and Jim Thorpe Watch List his junior year. Torn patellar tendons in both knees limited him to one game in 2012.
Colt Head Coach Chuck Pagano told the website coltsauthority.com, “I’ll tell you what, you watch this guy play, he’s a buzz saw. He’s a downhill guy. He loves to play. He loves special teams. He’s a guy that, again, we grabbed him at the combine just by chance. He was standing there, we grabbed him and pulled him in. We didn’t have him for a formal, we had a few minutes in between, and this guy just blew us away in about a two-minute interview. You could tell that this guy was very, very passionate about playing this sport, playing football, and what he could bring to the table. So I feel good about John (Boyett).”
Knowing that Boyett has such a hunger for football that he would play hurt, the Colts are taking it slowly with the former Webfoot star, viewing him as a low-risk gamble that could pay big dividends.
Boyett was unable to participate in drills at the NFL Combine, but he did compete in the bench press, lifting 225 lbs. 27 times, second overall among safeties. At a Pro Day held at Napa Memorial Stadium in early April he worked out for 8 NFL teams. He caught footballs, moved well and ran a 4.57 40. That, the interview and his college game film were enough to convince Pagano and the Indianapolis front office to take a flier on him.
Anybody that gives huge effort becomes a crowd favorite, and John gave massive effort every game. The picture of him vertical, blocking a field goal is one of the best pictures ever. Dale, you should post that one if you can find it. 4' off the ground and fully laid out. The picture tells a thousand words and those are scream effort!
John "the hammer" Boyett deserves this opportunity. I hope it works out for him and wish him the best. A true gentleman off the field and a hard nose player on the field. Not many play with his passion and it shows.
Go Ducks WTD John
@UofDuck Here's a link to the photo:
@DrakeMallard Boyett provided some amazing moments as a Duck, and he was at his best in big games: 11 tackles in the national championship game. 17 in the 2012 Rose Bowl. 12 against UCLA in the PAC-12 Championship. 11 vs 2011 Stanford. 14 in Cowboys Stadium vs LSU. 11 in the 2009 Civil War. 12 vs Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
@zduckfan We'll continue to update his progress. He was an integral part of Oregon's rise to prominence in college football, a stalwart on three teams that went 34-6 and won a Rose Bowl.
Acrobatics comes at a cost. Two patellar tendon tears, in this case.
John's only problem is that his heart is bigger, faster, and stronger than his body. I wish him the best and look forward to seeing him play for as long as he can.
@Duckbill @Dale Newton @hoboduck DB--he was a do-everything safety and quarterback at Napa High, one of the best players ever to come out of the Sacramento area. His anticipation and football intelligence are amazing. A lot of great safeties were coach's sons and high school quarterbacks. Few players love football the way Boyett does, or prepare as fiercely.
@zduckfan I'll have to pick up a special bottle of wine for that day, just in case.
I am. I always will be. :-)
There was no pride lost in that game. It was an initial appearance, a hello world, if you will. The Ducks will return to the National Championship Game and win it in our lifetimes. Nothing will be sweeter, and no fan will be more proud than I.