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Active Navy SEAL attempts to become a member of the Northwestern Wildcats

Walk-ons usually don’t generate much interest on their own team and definitely not with the national media. But Tom Hruby isn’t your typical walk-on. In fact, there is nothing typical about Hruby.

Hruby is a 32-year old active Navy SEAL, who is attending Northwestern full time and trying to impress Pat Fitzgerald to eventually become a member of the team.

Hruby already achieved one goal. He’s definitely caught the attention of the Wildcats’ head coach.

“I know I couldn’t do it,” Fitzgerald told the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Seth Gruen. “He’s a man’s man.

“He was relentless, absolutely relentless, like you would suspect from a SEAL.”

Hruby is attempting to earn a spot on the roster as a linebacker and special teams ace. These may not sound like lofty goals, but Hruby wants to continue to push himself on and off the field. His days typically start at 6 a.m. and finish by 8:30 p.m. With the little personal time he has, Hruby tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife and three children. Hruby’s routine is the definition of discipline and determination.

“I don’t feel like where I’m at today is some outstanding or amazing thing,” Hruby said. “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.”

As a SEAL, Hruby has served on missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Whether or not Hruby earns a spot on the Wildcats’ roster, he’s will serve as an inspiration for his service to the country and how he’s chosen to chase his dream. Hopefully, Hruby’s chase will result in playing on Saturdays and running down on the Wildcats’ kick-off team to tackle his next obstacle.

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8 Responses to “Active Navy SEAL attempts to become a member of the Northwestern Wildcats”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 9, 2014 9:45 PM

    Great story BS. Another awesome example of what our men and women of the armed forces commit to. Hope this young man makes the team!

  2. florida727 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:56 PM

    Agreed. Hope his skills are enough to get him some playing time. Guys like him should be an inspiration to younger people.

  3. sparty0n says: Aug 9, 2014 11:57 PM

    If he makes the team, Obama will hold a press conference and take credit.

  4. vincentbojackson says: Aug 10, 2014 12:52 AM

    Peddle your politics elsewhere spartyOn, this is a sports site and nobody wants to hear it.

  5. seanb20124 says: Aug 10, 2014 6:16 AM

    If he is active duty seal, where does he find time for Fball? Could he be deployed the day before an important game?

  6. odoliodoli says: Aug 10, 2014 9:48 AM

    ‘sparty0n’ : too bad “the shrub” – who is apparently your idol – didn’t have FEWER press conferences; of course, if he didn’t then America… and the REST OF THE WORLD… wouldn’t have had convincing and compelling evidence that he had brain damage while he served (and probably prior to then).

  7. cliffatola says: Aug 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    Is Illinois a right to work state ? He could be breaking union rules by trying to walk on. j/k

  8. musketmaniac says: Aug 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    I understand the patriotism and that it’s a `feel good` story. But He’s a 32 year old fully grown adult competing against many young that are not. There should be an age limit.

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