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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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Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

he seriously was considering leaving golf to join one of the most elite forces in our military. 

 maybe the greatest athlete ever

I can't decide which of those statements are more ridiculous.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

I am a big fan of Hank Haney and the main reason he wrote this book is because he is constantly asked about Tiger. Hank doesn't need the money. If you follow him on twitter you would learn that he basically just likes to answer questions. I'm sure the part about being a navy seal is a small part of the book and golf digest just showed it cause they knew it would create a buzz.



Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Haha. So I can't wait to see what all you racists do when Tiger starts winning again!




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:36 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Tiger Woods says he wanted to be a Navy SEAL.

NBC/Golf Channel runs ads with Woods in front of a big American flag background.

What's that saying...  Patriotism is the last refuse of a scoundrel.

Wave that flag, Woods, wave that flag!

What a clown.  What a desperate clown.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

I've had it with Elling and Bacon's Tiger crush.

From ArmChairGolfBlog:

Lloyd Mangrum, while training for the D-Day landings, was offered the professional job at the army’s Fort Meade golf course, which would have kept him out of combat, but he declined and went to the front lines in Europe. He would receive from his combat tours two Purple Hearts, and was wounded a final time at the Battle of the Bulge. However, when he was discharged from the army, he immediately won the 1946 U.S. Open, the first Open held after the war.

Other name professionals who served in the army and were back on tour within days of being discharged from service were Tommy Bolt; Jack Fleck who was in the Navy and also part of the D-Day invasion; Herman Keiser; Ted Kroll, who earned three Purple Hearts, and was wounded four times; Ed “Porky” Oliver; and the great amateur Smiley Quick, who won the ’46 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and then turned pro.






Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

A sick joke.  Eldred lacks the discipline and the courage and the mental toughness and so on and so on.




Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Terrible article. Hank is somehow making Tiger look like a bigger douche than I assumed he was....seemed impossible before I read this.

"Greatest athlete on the planet"? It's golf!!!! And golfing on roids does not equate to Navy SEALS. But I've never done either so I could be wrong.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Shane Bacon you should be embarassed for repeating this retarded story. BOO! BOO! Boo this man! BOO! I have considered being a sports blogger. Oh, I guess I have just become one. 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:41 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Haney: Tiger considered becoming a Navy SEAL

Heck, I only was assigned to a US Army Recon Squad for 6 years before moving on to Military Intelligence. We spent 2 weeks a year on maneuvers with the 7th Special Forces Group out of Ft Bragg. We took part in Day-Night Jumps and exercises where sometimes we were the enemy, sometimes the 'good guys'.
I don't believe Tiger would not even cut it with us 'Grunts' because of all the tiny details you had to deal with which in 'real life' seem down right worthless - but lives depend on them. If he was fortunate enough to get by Airborne School, Advanced Infantry School at Ft Benning would do him in, especially if it was the summer months. His life was too comfy by then to ever have adapted to the rigors of any of the Services.
Everybody would like to 'think' they could do certain things - and there is nothing wrong with that. Fortunately, most of us recognize our limitations.
Just because some 'schmuck' wrote something someone else 'might have' said, doesn't really mean anything of value.


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