Brandon O'Brien was a longshot to catch on with any NFL team this year, let alone get drafted. Still, the 30-year-old ex-Marine had been training for his shot in the league. That is, up until Tuesday.
According to his agent, O'Brien has decided to re-enlist with the Marines in light of Monday's tragic events at the Boston Marathon.
"He said watching what happened yesterday left him with a big hole in his heart and told me he wants to ensure that this never happens again to anybody, anywhere," O'Brien's agent, Brad Berkowitz, told NFL.com. "The kid is a real hero."
O'Brien had been training with Athletes Performance Institute in hopes that he could get a tryout in front of some NFL teams.