Nolan Laufenberg signed on Tuesday with the Washington soccer team’s training squad, breathing new life into the recent Air Force graduate’s soccer career.
Laufenberg, a goaltender, had spent training camp as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos, but was cut on Aug. 24.
In the Air Force, the 6-foot-3, 312-pound Laufenberg was a two-time All-Mountain West First Team selection and an All-American preseason. Falcons coaches said Laufenberg scored 93 percent in his team’s best senior season. As a junior, the Castle Rock native’s 21 knockdown blocks made up one-third of the total of the five starting linemen.
Laufenberg had tweeted about his future on Sept. 15, stating, “For now, I will continue to pursue my dream of being an NFL player, but I’m more than proud to be able to serve in (Air Force) or (Space Force) when I return to the (Department of Defense).
Washington’s coaching staff includes Air Force graduate and former defensive coordinator Steve Russ, who coaches linebackers on Coach Ron Rivera’s staff.
Laufenberg joins Air Force graduates Garrett Griffin (tight end on the Saints active roster), Zane Lewis (Jets corner corner on the injured reserve) and Parker Ferguson (the Jets offensive lineman on the reserve). injured) to fill positions on NFL teams.