Tim Boyle

Former Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tim Boyle throws a pass in a 2017 game against Western Kentucky University. Boyle signed with the Packers in May. (Progress photo file) 

Two percent of NCAA football players make it to the NFL. Tim Boyle beat those odds.

Former EKU quarterback Tim Boyle was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers on May 4. Boyle was Eastern’s starting quarterback for the 2017 season. Boyle led the Colonels to four wins in 2017 and threw for 11 touchdowns that sea- son. The Eastern Progress had the opportunity to get in touch with Boyle to see how he’s doing.

Boyle has been playing football for 18 years and started playing flag football at age five, which started his love for the game.

When being asked to share his favorite memory while playing for EKU Boyle said, “...last year against St. Francis. It was a very emotional week for me and to get the win with my teammates was nothing short of special. Leaving Roy Kidd Stadium with a win will always be special to me.” The Colonels defeated St. Francis 14-10 to finish up his college career.

Boyle would later move on to play in the big leagues; staying confident in his physical and mental abilities, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He was then able to clinch a 53-man roster spot alongside players such as Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 232-pound Connecticut native has been adjusting to the Packers and being an NFL quarterback.

“The transition from college to the NFL for me has been pretty smooth. The game is obviously a lot faster and the schemes are a little more complicated, but thankfully my coaches at EKU got me ready for that kind of stuff,” Boyle said.

Moving forward, Boyle’s goals are to improve each year. The Green Bay Packers are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.

“As a quarterback, I always want to improve on being a better leader,” Boyle said. “Everyone looks at you in tough times and it’s up to me to rally the troops. Physically, I want to do a better job being patient and letting things come to me,.”

When asked how EKU football has impacted his life, Boyle said, “I am extremely grateful to the EKU football program and coach Elder for giving me a second chance. My time at EKU was amazing and I met a lot of great coaches, players and friends along the way. EKU will always be my home and I can’t wait to watch the 2018 team go to work.”

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