Most people don’t go from retirement to collegiate athlete.

Then again, Sean Tulley isn’t most people. He’s a 49-year-old retired Army helicopter test pilot who recently made the rowing team at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

After a 20-year career in the military, Tulley decided to take advantage of an unused GI bill tuition entitlement, and enroll in a four-year degree program near his home.

The timing for jumping into competitive athletics was perfect, according to Row2K. Although Tulley wasn’t a rower before, he stayed fit by running and cycling. Then when the school announced it was looking for walk-ons because they were making the transition from club sport to varsity program, Tulley jumped at the chance and secured a spot on the roster.

“I’m immature by nature,” he told Row2K. “I think I fit in in that regard. They accept me and I enjoy being with them. I actually forget I am 49 years old – until I walk past a mirror.”

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