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Monmouth players get SEALs training

West Long Branch, NJ (Sports Network) - The Monmouth University football team's offseason training was a little more intense this winter.

Members of the team trained for three days last month under the guidance of Raymond C. Smith, a former commander of the elite forces of the United States Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams, commonly known as the Navy SEALs.

The retired SEAL Commander broke the team up by positions and used a number of competitions. Players were paired together and put through rigorous workouts, while being forced to memorize details about items and situations.

Smith finds there are a lot of mental and physical similarities between SEAL training and being a member of a football team.

"We have certain games that we use to help them get better at thinking during physical stress," Smith said.

"In the Navy SEALs and in football, you not only have to work hard, you have to think hard."

Members of Monmouth's coaching staff were not permitted to watch the drills or join the post-workout meetings with Smith, but head coach Kevin Callahan knows the importance of the training.

"Admiral Smith showed us how the SEAL training is similar to the training that a football team goes through," he said.

"Cooperation, teamwork, communication, perseverance, the ability to be able to focus on a single task when there's a lot going on around you, these are things that are not only important to Navy SEALs, it's something that football players have to do."

Monmouth is coming off a 5-6 season last year. Callahan is entering his 20th season guiding the Hawks.

03/13 11:57:46 ET