From 2012-15 Jake Bequette disdain rivaled Jordan Richards as Pats fans punching bag. When he was released after going on IR in 2015 he was forgotten faster than a Jets fan's hope for success, . I doubt there was anyone who gave a single thought about his life after he left New England. I know I didn't So when I saw this article over at The Athletic, I thought it might make us rethink those negative thought about him. Jake is an Army Ranger just coming back from a tour of duty in Iraq. And if you think Ranger school isn't tough read this quote. "He went through basic training, officer candidate school and branched into the infantry and completed the Basic Officer Leader Course before he qualified for Ranger School, a two-month process that started Aug. 27, 2018. He said about 330 people started in his class, and he was among the 80 or so who went straight through to graduate from one of the most physically and emotionally challenging tests on earth. “Ranger School is a life-changing experience,” Bequette said. “It challenged me like I’ve never been challenged before. Mentally, physically, it’s a great leadership challenge as well. That was a goal I had going in, to graduate Ranger school. I was lucky enough to accomplish that goal. It was tough going from football. I played ball at about 270 (pounds). I went into Ranger School about 245. I graduated at about 200 pounds. People lose a lot of weight during Ranger School. Coming from a sports background, we’re used to being well-fed. Ranger school is more about pushing yourself past what you think are your boundaries. That was definitely one for me." I was kind of blow away by the fact he lost 45 lbs during Ranger school. Another thing that struck me in the article was the fact that it took over a YEAR for him to be healthy enough to even join the Army after he left football. And that's a guy who rarely saw the field. It was another great article from Jeff Howe, who covers the Pats for the Athletic. I think he's on par with Mike Reiss in his coverage. I didn't post a link because it's from a pay site. But I will if it's OK with the Mods At any rate. Jake Bequette is doing fine post NFL.