Navy SEAL tries out for Northwestern football team

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The odds are against him but Navy SEAL Tom Hruby is up to the challenge.  Accepted academically by Northwestern University, he has decided to try and secure a spot on their elite football team.

Yahoo Sports reported that Hruby doesn’t see his situation as something outstanding or amazing. Rather, he is attempting something that seems against all odds.

Among many things, Hruby is unique. The 32-year-old is married with three young children. He is also an active Navy SEAL.  To top all that, he is also the same age that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was when he became the Wildcats’ coach.

Fitzgerald is amazed by Hruby’s drive.

“I know I couldn’t do it,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s a man’s man.  He was relentless, absolutely relentless, like you would expect from a SEAL.”

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hruby became a SEAL in late 2006, one of 32 people to graduate from his Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL class.  He joined SEAL Team 1, based in Coronado, California, where he served as a breacher, which is an expert in explosives and forced entry.

The rest of his career as a SEAL is top secret but he did share he has operated in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Currently he is a SEAL instructor at the Great Lakes Navy Station.

“One day you’re blowing things up, the next day I’m fast-roping out of a helicopter, the next day I’m parachuting at 20,000 feet,” Hruby said. “It’s inherently dangerous. When you start, you’re like, ‘God, I could die any minute. Any one of these things today can kill me if I don’t do it right.’”

He enrolled at Northwestern last year after taking the SAT.  He has a dorm room on campus and spends weekends with his wife Jen and their children who live with his mother.  They left everything behind so he could better himself through college.  Saving up his leave, he took time off to go to the Wildcats’ training camp.

USA Today Sports reported that it is his hope to play on special teams if he makes the team.  He feels his SEAL mentality will help him on the field.

“What’s the next step? How do we get out of here? And you’ve just got to stick to those thoughts, stick to what’s important, stick to what you know and just kind of have an attitude,” he said. “We all have an attitude of we’re always going to survive. There’s almost nothing that can beat us.”

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