News: SEALS and SWCCs meet with prospective players at NFL combine
BALTIMORE - Members of the East Coast SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) and Special Warfare Combat Crewman Scout Team met with prospective National Football League players at the Eastern Regional NFL Combine in Baltimore, Feb. 11.
The U.S. Navy has formed a mutual partnership with the NFL to raise career opportunity awareness about the U.S Navy and its special warfare programs for potential non-selected NFL draftees.
“Unfortunately, not all the players will get a chance to enter the 2012 NFL draft,” said Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Shawn Johnson. “The SEAL and SWCC programs offer these guys other potential opportunities that they may not have thought about before.”
At the conclusion of each of the offensive and defensive tryout sessions, the team of Navy SEALs and SWCCs presented a brief on special warfare programs, and spoke about the linkages between special warfare operators and professional athletes.
“They’ve make sacrifices, they work in a team oriented environment, they know how to push themselves and train towards a goal,” said Johnson. “They’re characteristics are we look for in SEAL and SWCC candidates.”
The SEAL and SWCC Scout Team discussed how a football player’s background correlates with the characteristics and values of potential SEAL candidates.
“Our partnership with the SEAL and SWCC Scout Team is a great thing,” said Stephen Austin, the NFL director of Operations for the NFL League Office in New York. “It’s implanting a thought that may enable these players to commit to an even higher goal.”