Former Arizona Cardinals defensive again Jimmy Legree is carrying a unique type of uniform lately.
Legree, 28, started Primary Fight Coaching at Fort Sill in Oklahoma again in December after enlisting within the Army to pursue a profession as a communications specialist — one thing he says was all the time a childhood objective.
“I went a unique route by going to varsity and enjoying soccer, however as soon as that window was closed I reverted again to my Plan A, which was becoming a member of the army,” Legree stated, in keeping with Army.mil.
Legree, a 2013 graduate of the College of South Carolina, instructed FOX10 over a video cellphone name this week that he wished to behave earlier than his “opportunity” handed by.
“I simply felt myself getting older and earlier than this chance closed, I wished to benefit from it, so I simply determined to leap up and get on it,” he stated.
Legree was with the Cardinals for 2 seasons in 2014 and 2015, when he made preseason appearances. He was additionally beforehand signed by the Seattle Seahawks for a short while in 2014.
Legree stated the transition from the NFL to fundamental coaching was a straightforward one as a result of the expectations for accountability and self-discipline had been the identical.
“You have your head coaches and that’s similar to drill sergeants who are correcting any mistakes that you make,” he instructed Military.mil. “In football, you wear a helmet and shoulder pads, and here you wear your ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) and all your equipment.”
Legree is at the moment assigned to D Battery, 1st Battalion, 19th Discipline Artillery. As soon as he graduates, on Feb. 21, he’ll go on to Fort Gordan in Georgia the place he’ll bear superior coaching to develop into a communications specialist.
Legree says he’s proud to serve his nation.
“Day-after-day it’s a psychological problem, and day by day you need to remind your self why you joined, why you are right here,” he instructed FOX10, “and get by means of the day the easiest way you possibly can.”