What does one man decide he wants to do after becoming a Navy SEAL? How about walking on to a university football team as one of the oldest men to ever play Division I college football. 32 year old Tom Hruby, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as a breacher, an expert in explosives and forced entry , has now set his sights on becoming a defensive end for the Northwestern Wildcats. Hruby is trying to balance the rigors of playing Big Ten football, staying on top of his demanding studies at Northwestern University, and fulfilling his obligation as an active Navy SEAL. Did I mention that he is also married with three children?
Hruby, who currently serves as a SEAL instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station, saved up all of his leave so he can participate in the Wildcats’ three-week training camp this month. Hruby told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I don’t feel like where I’m at today is some outstanding or amazing thing, It’s just more of a challenging route . . . the way I kind of think about finding and accepting and trying to take on these challenges that most people would probably say are impossible, one, or very unlikely or just plain dumb.”
Hruby feels that the lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL will set him up to achieve his next goal. “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.”
Hooyah Hruby! Get some!!!