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Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:36 pm
 
Tiger shakes hands with members of the Armed Forces at the 2007 AT&T National. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Judging by his brains, good looks and killer instinct, it seemed when Tiger Woods came into our lives he had the ability to be anything he wanted. Sure, he was a golfer since basically birth, but his larger than life persona made it seem like he could be a CEO, professional baseball player or even the president. 

But one of the things you probably didn’t expect to hear is that at one point, Tiger seriously considered becoming a Navy SEAL. 

Golf Digest has some excerpts from Hank Haney’s tell-all Tiger book, and one of the quotations from Hank says that Tiger once told him he seriously was considering leaving golf to join one of the most elite forces in our military. 

"Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn't know how he'd go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan....I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life."

As Mr. Wall points out, there isn’t exactly a time indicated in Haney’s quotes, but to say “the middle of his prime” meant that it had to have been when Woods was winning all those majors, not when his personal life was in shambles. 

That, in itself, is pretty incredible because it shows that Tiger really thought about doing this for no other reason than to serve his country. 

Tiger’s dad, Earl, was a Green Beret in the United States Army so it isn’t like Tiger didn’t have a military background, but it’s incredible to hear he even thought to do this with the level of fame and success he reached at this certain point. 

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Comments

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Hank Haney must be as dumb as a doorknob.  Even if one assumes that Tiger said something to the effect that he would want to become a Navy Seal to Hank Haney, Hank must have known that there was no way that Tiger was going to give up years of his career to do that, instead of pursuing the Holy Grail of breaking Jack's record of winning 17 major titles.  

Duh, I have never met Tiger, and I can say with 99.99999% certainly that Tiger never considered becoming a Navy Seal, but I guess dumb Hank must know something we all don't know about Tiger.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

"Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn't know how he'd go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan....I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life."

...For those who have no clue, & maybe Woods is incuded, have a good read or two...I will highly, and I do mean definitely highly, recommend Lone Survivor, SEAL Team Six, SEAL of Honor, or SEAL Target Geronimo. I've a nephew that is nearing retirement from USSOCOM and all but the latter are quite accurate accounts of very detailed & historically monumental Special Ops by the SEALS, Rangers, QRF's, and various other CMH winners and assorted quintisential, world class BADA$$ES. The book on KIA Geronimo is not verifyable from a historical perspective as such, but may only be an interperetation of the mission so the author could exploit his SEAL background financially. But clearly, make no mistake, all Special Ops are for only those born to be the absolute best of the best. I'm not sure if golf could quite live up to the SEAL criteria...HOOYAH!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

I understand Phil Michelson once aspired to be a CIA agent. Sergio Garcia wanted to be a top spy in Interpol. Lee Westwood dreamed of working for Scotland Yard. Hell, even Freddie Couples wanted to be a broadcaster, but his roommate beat him to the punch. It's a well known fact that Angel Cabrera wanted to work on a cattle ranch in his native country. Finally, there are rumors that Y.E. Yang is actually an international double agent but still plays on tour as his cover.



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:29 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

THIS IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:04 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Tiger can swim right?



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:21 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Agree on that.  If you want to say most popular athlete or even the biggest worldwide icon or something along those lines, but greatest athlete???  I wouldn't vote any golffer greatest athlete even though I do think one needs athletic ability to play professional golf.  Heck with many of the new breed of young golfers, that ironically Tiger may have had influence  getting them to even try the sport,  are certainly more ahtletic than Woods.  Dutin Johnson is one example that comes to mind, but there are certainly others.  Im quite sure Johnson could beat Tiger in just about any sport.  And if you look at pictures from Tiger's younger days, before the HGH, he  wouldve been cut from his high school football team for sure. Some athlete??



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:58 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

I think his main point was that Tiger was called "The Greatest Athlete of All Time" or the "Greatest Athlete Alive". I can think of several that are better athletes than Tiger. While golf does require athletisism, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, etc........ require much more. So Haney is in essence saying that Tiger is a better athlete than what Jordan was ? No way that is true.



Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:38 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Step one.... either enlist, get appointed to and graduate from the U. S. Naval Acadamy, or complete Naval ROTC at a university that offers it. Step two..... be deemed a viable candidate by those who make such decisions. Step two is out of your control. If you pass step two, step three is to complete training. I believe the success rate for those who enter the program is in the neighbor hood of 10%. Consider becoming a pro golfer Tiger. It may require less dedication, commitment, and fortitude then becomming a SEAL.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:28 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

you do not reach the level of athlete that tiger has for as long as he did without hard word, discipline, dedication and staying power.  Tiger won as much as he did because of his mental toughness!  Have you ever me Tiger or shaken the mans hand........he is yolked and has a body made of steel.  He is over 6' and over 
2 bills, he is built like an NFL player......he just like anyone else on this planet, could accomplish anything he desires if he sets his mind to it, just like he did with golf.  You do not become that good by accident.  I guess you, who is without sin may cast the first stone at him! 



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:23 am
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

And the promotion of Haney's book continues. We all knew he would talk some dirt about Tiger and all you people grab on and run with it, if Haney was a SEAL and this was his first mission, the mission was a success! LOL

Seriously can we stick to talking about Tigers game or lack there of depending on how you look at it.
The way I see it Eldrick needs daddies wisdom on his putting stroke so until he finds a way to talk to pops he will comtinue to struggle, daddy was his one true golf coach and he has not been the same since his passing.


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