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(Chicago Sun-Times)   A junior at Northwestern University tries to make the football team as a defensive end despite being: a) 32 years old, b) a married father of three, c) an active duty Navy SEAL, d) all of the above   (suntimes.com) divider line 42
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2014-08-10 11:49:54 AM  
He must not be very bright to be 32 and still a junior in college. Much less a safety school like Northwestern.
 
2014-08-10 12:16:24 PM  
He'll get paid better if he makes it.
 
2014-08-10 02:12:22 PM  
I wonder what his major is.
 
2014-08-10 02:16:37 PM  

Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.


I would guess higher in the chain of command.
 
2014-08-10 02:18:48 PM  
Yay, Wildcats!

Crap, if he makes it I have to go to the Homecoming game this year.
 
2014-08-10 02:28:58 PM  
He just wants a union job
 
2014-08-10 02:44:12 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: He must not be very bright to be 32 and still a junior in college. Much less a safety school like Northwestern.


I hope you get some bites with this.
 
2014-08-10 02:51:44 PM  
There was a guy some years ago who after he left the Rangers at 35 walked onto the South Carolina football team.
 
2014-08-10 02:57:28 PM  
I'm guessing what'll get short shrift in this scenario are his three kids.
 
2014-08-10 02:57:42 PM  
I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB
 
2014-08-10 03:10:04 PM  
Why is this not hero tagged?
 
2014-08-10 03:12:36 PM  

machoprogrammer: I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB


It is only Northwestern...

FirstTimeLongTime: Why is this not hero tagged?


What did he do that is heroic?
 
2014-08-10 03:13:15 PM  

FirstTimeLongTime: Why is this not hero tagged?


Because he's not serving the greater good of humanity -- or even one other person, except himself.

//srsly?
 
2014-08-10 03:15:34 PM  
Ok, you do it
 
2014-08-10 03:21:07 PM  
32 is not that old, and as a SEAL he's in top shape.  The thing is, can his body take the constant hits when he hasn't been working on good technique for the past ten years like the kids around him.
 
2014-08-10 04:07:30 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: 32 is not that old, and as a SEAL he's in top shape.  The thing is, can his body take the constant hits when he hasn't been working on good technique for the past ten years like the kids around him.


And along those lines, I'm kind of surprised the Navy is allowing him to try.  When I was in the service, outside employment was OK with prior approval unless there was a risk of injury/harm (because your duty to service comes first, obviously).  While this isn't employment, per se, I could see the same concerns here.  The Navy has a tremendous amount of time and money invested in this guy so he can go break things and blow stuff up when called upon to do so.

And yes, SEALs are very tough and war is worse than football and I get all that, but football players are extremely fit and tough as well and they get injured all the time.  It's pretty much a guarantee at some point.

But having said all that, I hope he makes the team.  It's always good to see people set and pursue challenging goals.
 
2014-08-10 04:22:53 PM  
Look out. He's gonna enfilade your asses.
 
2014-08-10 04:29:41 PM  
SEALs have reservists too
 
2014-08-10 04:57:27 PM  

lifeboat: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: 32 is not that old, and as a SEAL he's in top shape.  The thing is, can his body take the constant hits when he hasn't been working on good technique for the past ten years like the kids around him.

And along those lines, I'm kind of surprised the Navy is allowing him to try.  When I was in the service, outside employment was OK with prior approval unless there was a risk of injury/harm (because your duty to service comes first, obviously).  While this isn't employment, per se, I could see the same concerns here.  The Navy has a tremendous amount of time and money invested in this guy so he can go break things and blow stuff up when called upon to do so.

And yes, SEALs are very tough and war is worse than football and I get all that, but football players are extremely fit and tough as well and they get injured all the time.  It's pretty much a guarantee at some point.

But having said all that, I hope he makes the team.  It's always good to see people set and pursue challenging goals.


He is an instructor though. I imagine that, even though it could happen, the only way Unkie Sam loses his investment is if he is paralyzed from the neck down and/or dead.

He tears and ACL he will be fine...
 
2014-08-10 05:09:05 PM  

benjamen13: SEALs have reservists too


Yeah, that's what I'm not getting.  I'm assuming he's enlisted and all the articles state he's active, but then how is he a full-time junior at NU?  They must mean SELRES as opposed to IRR?  (or however they term it for the Navy SEALs Reserve Units)
 
2014-08-10 05:20:14 PM  
It's never too late to begin working on concussions.
 
2014-08-10 05:35:14 PM  

LarryDan43: It's never too late to begin working on concussions.


tbi's don't just happen without a little help...
 
2014-08-10 06:07:43 PM  
How long until the kids start breaking in to houses and/or starting fights because their parents are more interested in themselves than their kids?  Sorry, I don't see how this is "cool" to not be a dad to your kids for 280 days a year.  Should have done all this before deciding to reproduce.
 
2014-08-10 06:18:50 PM  

machoprogrammer: I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB


I've found this to be true. The few times I was working with SEALs and SF, they just looked like regular dudes. There were some super muscular dudes every now and then. I remember seeing some in the gym once crushing some serious weight. On the other hand, my old CO told me this story about an SF guy he know who was like 6'5 and 230. He joked that he was the first man in so he could scare anyone on the other side of the door. But yeah, my experience is that most of them, they look like fit, regular guys.
 
2014-08-10 06:27:20 PM  

Ivandrago: machoprogrammer: I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB

I've found this to be true. The few times I was working with SEALs and SF, they just looked like regular dudes. There were some super muscular dudes every now and then. I remember seeing some in the gym once crushing some serious weight. On the other hand, my old CO told me this story about an SF guy he know who was like 6'5 and 230. He joked that he was the first man in so he could scare anyone on the other side of the door. But yeah, my experience is that most of them, they look like fit, regular guys.


Can't remember which, but either Bisonnette (No Easy Day) or Luttrell (Lone Survival) talks about this in their book.  They said the really big, muscular guys tend to sink like rocks once they get into the water because they have no buoyancy, so they never make it out of BUD/S.  I can see where that would be a bad thing for a SEAL.
 
2014-08-10 06:30:48 PM  

lifeboat: Ivandrago: machoprogrammer: I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB

I've found this to be true. The few times I was working with SEALs and SF, they just looked like regular dudes. There were some super muscular dudes every now and then. I remember seeing some in the gym once crushing some serious weight. On the other hand, my old CO told me this story about an SF guy he know who was like 6'5 and 230. He joked that he was the first man in so he could scare anyone on the other side of the door. But yeah, my experience is that most of them, they look like fit, regular guys.

Can't remember which, but either Bisonnette (No Easy Day) or Luttrell (Lone Survival) talks about this in their book.  They said the really big, muscular guys tend to sink like rocks once they get into the water because they have no buoyancy, so they never make it out of BUD/S.  I can see where that would be a bad thing for a SEAL.


Also super big muscular guys tend not to have a lot of endurance because they need so much more oxygen to feed all of that extra muscle mass. And you would also figure that the larger the person the bigger of a target they would make, so they wouldn't last very long.
 
2014-08-10 06:39:58 PM  

lifeboat: war is worse than football


WHOA!  You better hope SEC fans don't read that.
They will tell you how getting through their conference schedule is MUCH tougher than playing live-fire Whack-A-Mole with the Taliban.
 
2014-08-10 07:21:05 PM  
6'3" and 230 as an instructor.

Damn.  Would not go out of my way to piss him off.
 
2014-08-10 07:49:19 PM  

user437: Isn't the fact that you're a Navy Seal supposed to be kind of a secret?


No.  In fact, they have a unique qualification device on their uniform that tells everyone they are a SEAL.

Much of what they do will be classified, and who was on what mission will be classified, but just the fact that they are a SEAL is not classified.
 
2014-08-10 08:09:24 PM  

roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.


How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.
 
2014-08-11 12:37:43 AM  

user437: Isn't the fact that you're a Navy Seal supposed to be kind of a secret?


No that's AA.

My life's dream is to play for Notre Dame at age 98.

My inspirational movie will be called Ruddy.
 
2014-08-11 12:45:15 AM  

TheManofPA: roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.

How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.


Because the Navy does not use the rank of Major. O4 is a LT. Commander.

The joke isn't even technically correct.
 
2014-08-11 01:01:45 AM  

the_innkeeper: TheManofPA: roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.

How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.

Because the Navy does not use the rank of Major. O4 is a LT. Commander.

The joke isn't even technically correct.


You must be a lot of fun at parties.
 
2014-08-11 01:07:28 AM  

oukewldave: How long until the kids start breaking in to houses and/or starting fights because their parents are more interested in themselves than their kids?  Sorry, I don't see how this is "cool" to not be a dad to your kids for 280 days a year.  Should have done all this before deciding to reproduce.


While I age with you in general, I've been hearing a lot about combat veterans, especially hard core units like seals, that have a hard time adjusting to civilian life. One of the things they say is that the needed a mission, so to speak. Otherwise they tend to be aimless and turn to destructive behaviors to cope. I suppose football and making the team serves that purpose for him.

I'm hoping so, anyway, for their sake.

I just took a 25% pay cut for a job that will more than double the amount I get to spend at home with my family. I would find it hard to pursue something like he is doing. Like I said though, maybe that's what he needs río maintain that mission mentality while he adjusts río non combat life.
 
2014-08-11 02:09:11 AM  

roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.


BaDumTshhhh. Well played Mauer.
 
2014-08-11 02:13:14 AM  

the_innkeeper: TheManofPA: roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.

How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.

Because the Navy does not use the rank of Major. O4 is a LT. Commander.

The joke isn't even technically correct.


You don't know, there could be an SF O4 around somewhere filling a joint SOC gig. :)
 
2014-08-11 05:26:35 AM  

oukewldave: How long until the kids start breaking in to houses and/or starting fights because their parents are more interested in themselves than their kids?  Sorry, I don't see how this is "cool" to not be a dad to your kids for 280 days a year.  Should have done all this before deciding to reproduce.


God forbid a father have a hobby.
 
2014-08-11 08:20:18 AM  

rga184: While I age with you in general,


Yes, yes, I understand it's a typo. Nonetheless, I found it amusing.
 
2014-08-11 09:57:36 AM  

ongbok: lifeboat: Ivandrago: machoprogrammer: I am actually more surprised that a Navy SEAL was big enough to be a DE. They are usually smaller, yet muscular, so I would think a secondary, receiver or RB

I've found this to be true. The few times I was working with SEALs and SF, they just looked like regular dudes. There were some super muscular dudes every now and then. I remember seeing some in the gym once crushing some serious weight. On the other hand, my old CO told me this story about an SF guy he know who was like 6'5 and 230. He joked that he was the first man in so he could scare anyone on the other side of the door. But yeah, my experience is that most of them, they look like fit, regular guys.

Can't remember which, but either Bisonnette (No Easy Day) or Luttrell (Lone Survival) talks about this in their book.  They said the really big, muscular guys tend to sink like rocks once they get into the water because they have no buoyancy, so they never make it out of BUD/S.  I can see where that would be a bad thing for a SEAL.

Also super big muscular guys tend not to have a lot of endurance because they need so much more oxygen to feed all of that extra muscle mass. And you would also figure that the larger the person the bigger of a target they would make, so they wouldn't last very long.


That is what I heard, too. The average height of a SEAL is a lot shorter than you would think, too. I think it's around 5'9 or so. Short, strong (but not overly muscular) guys are perfect for it -- easier to carry backpacks heavy with gear, be a smaller target and more endurance for shorter guys
 
2014-08-11 01:02:32 PM  
Panty Sniffer:It is only Northwestern...

FirstTimeLongTime: Why is this not hero tagged?

What did he do that is heroic?


Kill people on the other side of the world at the behest of international banking interests.
 
2014-08-11 01:20:09 PM  

the_innkeeper: TheManofPA: roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.

How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.

Because the Navy does not use the rank of Major. O4 is a LT. Commander.

The joke isn't even technically correct.


Maybe that was the joke...it wasn't, but thank you for the knowledge drop.
 
2014-08-11 06:56:28 PM  

rga184: the_innkeeper: TheManofPA: roc6783: Lord Jubjub: I wonder what his major is.

I would guess higher in the chain of command.

How did this joke get no love? It was just a well done, sly punchline. I'm just here to give some applause.

Because the Navy does not use the rank of Major. O4 is a LT. Commander.

The joke isn't even technically correct.

You must be a lot of fun at parties.


Honestly, I thought the correction itself along with phrasing was funny
 
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