Tom Hruby may be 32 years old with a wife and three kids, but none of that is stopping him from trying to make the Northwestern football team. Along with being a family man, he also happens to be an active Navy SEAL.
Last summer, Hruby was accepted to Northwestern at age 31 after taking the SAT. He became a SEAL back in 2006, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hruby spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times about his time as a SEAL and about taking on the challenge of possibly making the Wildcats football team:
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. ...
... 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. 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.’
Hruby will try to make the team as a defensive end while living in the dorms, visiting his family on the weekends and still working as a SEAL instructor.