The Miami Dolphins are together this weekend for FinsWeekend as current players, coaches, alumni and fans will all help raise a lot of dollars for the Miami Dolphins Foundation. There will be plenty of stories about who caught the biggest fish, or who hit the longest drive during each of the events. I’m not sure if the stories will be able to live up to reality, but one thing is certain, my money is on the golf group that gets quarterback Chad Henne! Now I know that others members of this football team play golf, and are quite accomplished in their own right. Long snapper John Denney can play the game and running back Patrick Cobbs can score as well, but it seems that the quarterback position produces a high number of talented golfers. Like peanut butter and jelly, Sims and Webb, Duper and Clayton, QB’s and golf just go together.
Take a look around the league at the success of single-digit handicapper and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He’s come very close to qualifying for a spot in the U.S. Open on several occasions, and won the Drew Brees Celebrity Classic (shooting 70-67) against a strong field that included Former MLB pitcher and Champions Tour member Rick Rhoden. Other current NFL quarterbacks like Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer, Indy’s Peyton Manning, and Patriots Tom Brady are all single-digit sticks, and have a passion for the game. Hall of Fame QB’s can handle themselves as well on the links. Dan Marino and John Elway are probably two of the better players in that class, and former 49ers and Stanford great John Brodie even won a Senior Tour event after retiring from the NFL.
As for comparing sports and who has the best golfers, that’s a toss-up between football and hockey. The old adage that I’ve never met a hockey player that wasn’t a good golfer is very true. Players like Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux, Grant Fuhr, and Clark Gillies are just a few names that can compete at any level. MLB has plenty to boast about when it comes to pitchers playing the sport. John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux can all shoot in the low 70′s with consistency, and HOF’ers Mike Schmidt, Johnny Bench and Rolle Fingers are right there as well. The Association has it’s stars as well including Michael Jordan, and Jon Barry, but their most famous player might be the ever-struggling Sir Charles Barkley. Just tune in for the celebrity event in Lake Tahoe or catch an old episode of the Hank Haney Project if you doubt me!
So it’s my opinion that if you ever are playing in a charity event, and you get a quarterback in your group, just relax and enjoy the day. Have a cigar on the course and please don’t trip going to the podium to receive your awards at the end of the tournament!
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