FB Glen Woods dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL
Senior fullback Glen Woods followed in his father's footsteps to the Naval Academy. Harry Woods graduated in 1978 and went into surface warfare; he hoped that his son would fly after graduating in 2010. But Glen had other ideas.
"I've always wanted to be a SEAL," he said.
Next year, Woods will begin working towards that goal. He is one of only 27 seniors at the academy who received special warfare as a service assignment, and he is the first football player in at least five years to earn one of the highly competitive slots. After graduation, Woods will take part in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training), a grueling six-month course in Coronado, Calif., and then hopefully move on to SQT (SEAL Qualification Training).
"A friend of mine, his dad was a SEAL," Woods said. "I talked to him a little bit, and it sounded pretty awesome. He said, 'I got to work out for a living and got to go places no one else wanted to go to, and do things no one else wanted to do.' That sounds pretty fun. I like to live life to the fullest. Doing things like that is, you get to see things no one else has seen, do things no one else gets to do. You have a different outlook on life. It's pretty awesome."
Woods needs to complete several years of training to become a SEAL, but just getting to this entry point wasn't easy. He had to take a PST (physical screening test) that included a 500-meter swim, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a 1 ½-mile run in boots and trousers, and he also had to go through an interview process. Playing football limited the time he could spend training for the PST, though he went running and swimming whenever he had free time.
"It was tough being a football player," Woods said. "I was always bigger. I talked to people and when I said I want to be a SEAL, they'd say, 'You've got to compete with those guys who've been training here for four years, who are about 160 pounds.' I'm 205, and I'm probably about 30-40 pounds heavier than every other guy. They train every day. They do a lot of cross-fit, a lot of running and swimming. It's kind of difficult to do that with football."
But football has also helped prepare Woods for the rigors ahead. He has been a scout team player for most of his career, and has yet to play a single snap in a varsity game.
"I'm not where I want to be in football, but I stuck with it. I can't quit," Woods said. "Mentally, it really does help you: coming back here everyday, knowing you're going to get beat up, knowing you're tired, and you come back out here again. That's the job, that's the role you're playing."
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