VAUGHT: Former UK football standout wastes no time

Former Kentucky receiver Aaron Boone wasted no time after signing with the Charlotte Panthers before he started getting ready for his upcoming NFL Europe season.

Former Kentucky receiver Aaron Boone wasted no time after signing with the Charlotte Panthers before he started getting ready for his upcoming NFL Europe season.

The good news for Boone is that he gets to go back and play for the Berlin Thunder, the same team he helped reach the World Bowl last year when he was the league's third leading receiver in touchdown catches and leading special teams tackler.

"I was supposed to go play for Rhine, but Berlin worked out a trade and I am coming back with them," Boone said.

Actually, Boone sent a message to a former teammate that he was going to Rhine. The teammate told the Berlin coaches, who immediately traded for Boone and now intend to make him one of their six protected players.

Boone is in Tampa now practicing. He said he had "great scrimmage" today with a "couple of long catches." The team will practice about two more weeks, including scrimmages with other teams the next two weeks, before leaving for Berlin.

"I'm probably going to have the third receiver role like I did at Kentucky," Boone said.

He hopes his luck will be better when his NFL Europe season ends. Two years ago he went to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys and had a chance to make the roster until a shoulder injury sidelined him. Last year he was in training camp with the Chicago Bears when a bruised kidney ended his NFL hopes.

Boone had been worried about getting another opportunity to play and was in contact with several arena teams with the Panthers called.

He's not sure exactly how many receivers Carolina has, but he knows special teams could be his ticket to making the NFL roster in August.

"I was told one reason they signed me was because I did well on special teams last year," Boone said. "I led our team in special teams tackles and loved it. The players voted me special teams captain. This year the Berlin coaches are going to put me on more special teams so that when I go back to Carolina, I will have more experience and can use that as a selling point.

"The Carolina coaches have told me they basically play three receivers and the next three are special teams guys. I'm too close to quit trying and if special teams can be my ticket to making a roster, that's fine with me."

As he did last year, Boone will post a weekly journal on his website to help fans keep track of his progress.

"I still hear from a lot of Kentucky fans. I talk to a lot of my former teammates," Boone, who will be playing with former Louisville quarterback Dave Ragone in Berlin, said. "I was hoping Jared (Lorenzen) would give this a try. I think he would have been great. "But I'm just happy for the chance I am getting because I truly believe that if I keep trying, I finally will make it."


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