Tim Boyle never gave up on NFL dream – Packers.com

GREEN BAY – Tim Boyle has had a football in his throwing hand for the better part of the last 18 years. It’s been that way since a youth coach first noticed a kid whose arm was just a bit stronger than the rest.

It’s an arm that helped guide Xavier (Conn.) High School to its third consecutive state championship in 2012 and paved the way to a college playing career that concluded last fall at Eastern Kentucky University.

There have been highs and there have been lows, but the journey has been worth the reward for Boyle, who was one of 14 college free agents to sign with the Packers on Friday.

At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, Boyle has the look and feel of an NFL quarterback. Although he only started one full season, Boyle gained the attention of scouts after running a 4.75-second time in the 40 with a 9-9 broad jump at EKU’s pro day on March 23.

“It’s truly a dream come true,” Boyle said. “I’ve been thinking about this moment pretty much the whole time I’ve been playing football. It’s been a long journey. A lot of ups and downs, but I’m finally here and it’s up to me now to make the most out of my opportunity.”

The native of Middlefield, Conn., enjoyed a prolific high-school career, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior year at Xavier.

Named the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Player of the Year in 2012, Boyle opted to stay home and play at the University of Connecticut after initially committing to Boston College.

Things started well for Boyle, who became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Huskies since 2003. However, a myriad of injuries, setbacks and coaching changes stymied his growth

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