Boyd discusses keeping his NFL dream alive

Shane Boyd's long time dream has been to be an NFL quarterback. "That has always been my dream. It pushed me every day," said Boyd. After several stops along the way Boyd may have found a home with the Houston Texans. "I am in a situation where they want me around now. They see a lot of good in me. I got moved to No. 2 toward the end of the season last year. I am smarter in the offense now."

He couldn't land a full-time roster spot with Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Arizona, but former Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd thinks he finally has found the right spot with the Houston Texans.

He was signed to Houston's practice squad on Oct. 24, 2007 and then made the active roster on Dec. 7. That has kept alive his dream of being a starting NFL quarterback.

"That has always been my dream. It pushed me every day," said Boyd. "I am in a situation where they want me around now. They see a lot of good in me. I got moved to No. 2 toward the end of the season last year. I am smarter in the offense now. I am more comfortable. I am looking forward to the preseason and showing what I have got. I feel our team is going to be great. We went 8-8, but we are continuing to build each year."

Still, Boyd knows there are no guarantees in his profession. What he has learned, though, is that he can't worry about his status daily or it will impact his play.

"You try to put that out of your mind. You don't want to worry about it every day or you are going to lose focus on what you are doing if you worry this guy will get more reps than you," Boyd said. "You want to go out and be the best quarterback you can be every day. I make it a point to get better every day.

"Some stuff you just can't control. There are things out of your hands. It doesn't matter if you set records in something, you can be gone. Look at Shaun Alexander, one of the greatest running backs ever. He is sitting at home (without a team). It doesn't matter. You just have to work and be the best you can be and let the chips fall where they may. I just go out and try to be the best quarterback I can be. Every day I wake up hoping my name is still on the locker and I still have a job."

However, Boyd knows he's a far better quarterback now than when he left UK after playing in 36 games, and starting 16. He threw for 2,484 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 845 yards and 13 scores. He also played receiver and running back and became the first player in Kentucky history to record a touchdown by rushing, passing and receiving in 2003 when he was a junior.

"People have to realize I didn't have a lot of opportunities to just be groomed as a quarterback. Look at my career at Kentucky. They had me at running back, receiver, some quarterback. I was not like a Jared Lorenzen or Andre Woodson who had three or four years to just play quarterback. I really had one -- my senior year," Boyd said.

"Then with the offensive coordinator (Ron Hudson) we had, we were running option and stuff. I was not always groomed to be a NFL quarterback. Each year in the NFL, I have got better and better. People see it and that is why I am still around. I still have a job and that is why the coaches, owners and general managers tell me I will have a great career.

"Some people may have peaked and are on their way down. They may have peaked in college or their first year or two in the NFL. I am still going up. I have not peaked yet. That is why I still have a job and a good future."


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