Long road for ex-Air Force CB Rembert

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Cornerback Reggie Rembert had to wait an extra two years for the opportunity to showcase his skills to an NFL team.

A former All-American defensive back at Air Force, Rembert, one of the 33 players attending the Chicago Bears rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, spent the past two years out of football while honoring his service commitment to the Academy.

“It’s been busy,” Rembert said on Saturday. “I’ve been working a full-time job. My first year was coaching, which is more than a full-time job. I was a graduate assistant at Air Force. My second year I work as a program manager for a missile defense system upgrade, so I’m pretty busy with that.”

Despite his hectic schedule, Rembert still had to find time to train for his inevitable return to the field.

“It’s been real tough to train living up in Boston, especially when it gets dark in the winter right after you get off of work,” Rembert said. “I had a friend out there who was also trying to train for the NFL, so we just kept each other accountable. But it was tough.”

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound cornerback was a four-year starter at Air Force, where he finished with nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and 179 tackles. Also a track athlete at Air Force, Rembert ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, which would have tied him for the second fastest 40 time among defensive backs at this year's NFL combine.

Like all the tryout players in attendance, Rembert is hoping to earn a contract and head to training camp with the Bears.

“My legs locked up on me today, but other than that I think I played pretty well,” Rembert said. “I’m just blessed to have this opportunity to show people what I can do, and not many people can say that.”