John Newcomb Boyett (born December 20, 1989) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Boyett has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, but has not played in the National Football League due to several legal incidents.
Boyett played college football for the Oregon Ducks. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts during the sixth round in the 2013 NFL draft. He signed with the Colts on May 9, and was placed on the non-football injury list on July 23, 2013. On September 3, 2013, he was released by the Colts after being arrested the day prior for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. Boyett tried to enter a bar and was turned away for being already intoxicated. After refusing to leave, the police were called and he reportedly threatened officers and said "You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player" after attempting to flee. Boyett issued an apology on September 4.
Boyett was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad on November 19, 2013. He was released by the Broncos on October 23, 2014, following an arrest for third degree assault, theft, and harassment. After headbutting a cab driver, Boyett reportedly stole a shovel from a nearby construction site and attempted to cover himself in mulch. After being found, he demanded the officers call John Elway before repeatedly hitting his head against a patrol car window while yelling and spitting.
Boyett signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League in July 2015. In his first season in the CFL Boyett played in only 4 games, but contributed 6 defensive tackles, 2 special teams tackles and 1 interception in limited playing time. During the off-season, and into the early part of the 2016 season Boyett was transitioned into a linebacker role, resulting in the release of veteran David Hinds. In his new position Boyett saw increased play time appearing in 11 games for the Redblacks and amassing 28 defensive tackles to go along with 10 special teams tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception as the Redblacks went on to win the Grey Cup.
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