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Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer “shocked” by policy change before NFL draft

By: NICKI JHABVALA, The Denver Post
April 30, 2017 Updated: May 1, 2017 at 9:42 am
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photo - Air Force Academy football player Weston Steelhammer runs through drills during Pro Day at The Academy Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Pro Day is a chance for AFA players to be seen by NFL scouts. This year for the first time Academy graduates have the option of playing sports professionally immediately instead of first serving at least 24 months on active duty. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Air Force Academy football player Weston Steelhammer runs through drills during Pro Day at The Academy Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Pro Day is a chance for AFA players to be seen by NFL scouts. This year for the first time Academy graduates have the option of playing sports professionally immediately instead of first serving at least 24 months on active duty. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

As he settled in to watch Day 3 of the NFL draft Saturday, Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer received news that immediately altered his future.

But he never received a call. He never heard from an NFL team. He never got that moment to celebrate his leap to the pros.

Instead, he only read that the opportunity he had worked months to try to obtain had suddenly vanished.

“I first found out waking up to a Denver Post article and bunch of text messages (Saturday),” Steelhammer said. “I was shocked as much as anyone else was. I thought it would be a pretty neat day, however it went down. I definitely didn’t think it would go down the way it did.”

Read more at denverpost.com.

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