No Matter How Much He Helps His NFL Draft Stock, Furbush Eager to Begin Life in the Military

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No Matter How Much He Helps His NFL Draft Stock, Furbush Eager to Begin Life in the Military

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No Matter How Much He Helps His NFL Draft Stock, Furbush Eager to Begin Life in the Military

ANN ARBOR, Mich — In just over a year, Michigan fifth-year SAM linebacker Noah Furbush has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, with one being for a touchdown.

He has a knack for finding the football on the field, yet, that’s not what defines him.

Most think of college football players as young men who crave, more than anything, for their shot at the league, an opportunity to play in the NFL. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has a unique perspective there, having been someone who played in Ann Arbor, then had a long pro career, before coaching at both the college and NFL level. He knows what it takes, and says that Furbush has that in spades.

Yet, that’s not what Furbush wants for his future.

On Monday, Harbaugh shared what Furbush hopes to do after his time in a winged helmet comes to a close, and it has nothing to do with Radio City Music Hall (or wherever the draft is happening these days) and the NFL Draft.

“He’s a very dedicated player,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got all the attributes of size and speed. He’s really smart. He’s got everything you want as a football player. Watched him for a few years now.

“Always thought of Noah Furbush as a guy that could be an NFL player and it’s a very interesting and compelling story. He’s very serious about football and it’s very important to him, but that’s not what he wants to do after college. He wants to go into the military. He wants to fly jets. (He’s an) aerospace engineer, already graduated. Now he’s a graduate studies space engineering. Got his pilot’s license two summers ago.

“It’s, as I said, a compelling story. And it’s great to see him have success on the field, because I know it’s really important to him.”

So, what happens if — or more likely when — if Furbush continues to play at a high level? Does he say no to the NFL and go on to the military.

That’s precisely what he intends to do.

“I think people have passions in life and my passion is flying,” Furbush said. “I know where I want to go and I want to join the military. I know that’s uncommon for most people, but it’s always been something that I’ve looked at and always wanted to do.”

The son to a mother who once was in the Air Force while his paternal grandfather served in the Army, joining the military ranks is something that’s always intrigued Furbush.

As covered extensively in the past, Furbush spent countless hours in his summer in 2016 learning how to fly four-seat Cessna aircraft, and has continued to increase that from a hobby to a livelihood.

Likening his degree of interest in flying and serving in the military to another familiar topic, Furbush is just excited to live out his dream once his playing career ends in a few short months.

“Two family members in the service – it’s kind of like being a fan,” Furbush said. “You look up to Michigan football players, you see those jerseys, you see the coach. You see all those people you look up to, that’s kind of the same way. I see those fatigues – they just look sharp to me. You see people in uniform, I look up to them and the sacrifices they made for this country and all the amazing things that they do and get to be a part of in that service.”

Diverging from the branches in which his family once served, Furbush intends to enlist in another branch — one that hosts the best of the best.

“Actually, I’m looking at the United States Marine Corps. That’s for a bunch of reasons, but they guarantee aviation contracts.”

Despite his head coach being all about football, Harbaugh understands Furbush’s passion, and supports him wholeheartedly. Having Harbaugh in his corner has been huge for Furbush, in that, Harbaugh has helped him by authoring a letter of recommendation as well as the steps along the way.

Of course, while he’s in Ann Arbor, Furbush is all about football, but with his passion beyond the sport nearing, his head coach is preparing him as much as he can for life in a different kind of uniform.

“One thing that Coach Harbaugh has always been great about is, no matter who you are on the team, obviously, if you earn his respect, he’ll do anything for you,” Furbush said. “I can’t thank him enough for all that he’s done for me. Getting me towards where I want to go in my life and realizing what motivates me, what makes me passionate and helping me achieve those goals. He’s been instrumental in a lot of things. Flight training and helping me out with my application for the military. I really can’t thank him enough.

“Yeah, we’ve talked about it and he’s told me different things. He, himself, he even told me he thought about being a fighter jet pilot at one point growing up.”

So, what would he fly if given the opportunity to fly any kind of fighter jet?

While he’s willing to fly just about whatever the Marines need him to — like a consummate member of a team — there’s one particular jet that has Furbush’s interests piqued.

“I know the JSF F-35 is – it’s coming into fruition,” Furbush said. “It’s pretty sharp! Fifth generation airplane. I think that would be a pretty cool one to fly. They have custom helmets for each one of those planes that cost like $35-grand. Just super cool displays. You can look through these AR glasses where you can see things on the ground you couldn’t see otherwise. Unbelievable technology, so I’d love to fly an F-35, if possible.”

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