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Notable Golfers in the NFL

The excitement is building in Las Vegas this week as the city gears up for its first-ever Super Bowl, with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers set to battle it out for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy this Sunday, February 11th.

We thought it would be fun to look at some of the notable golfers in the NFL. We realize that determining the "most notable" NFL golfers is subjective, as different criteria can be used. However, here are some names that consistently stand out for their skills, participation in high-profile events, or impact on the sport:

Current Players:

  • Ryan Succop (Tennessee Titans): Holds a +2.6 handicap, the lowest among active NFL players. He achieved a career-best score of 62 and even challenged Tiger Woods to a match.
  • Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs): An enthusiastic golfer with a 7.7 handicap. He has participated in "The Match" celebrity tournament twice, winning it with his partner Travis Kelce in 2023.
  • Brett Kern (Tennessee Titans): Another Titans player with a low handicap (0.4) and impressive skills. He frequently participates in pro-am events and charity tournaments.
  • Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings): Reportedly boasts a 0.6 handicap, showcasing his golfing talent alongside his football prowess.
  • Jake Elliott (Philadelphia Eagles): He carries a promising 3.5 handicap and qualified for the 2022 Philadelphia Open Championship. During the COVID quarantine he used his down time at home perfecting some epic golf trick shots.
  • Aaron Rodgers (New York Jets): The elite quarterback holds a 4 handicap and participates in celebrity pro-am events. He participated in "The Match" in 2022, sinking a clutch putt as he and his partner Tom Brady (8 handicap) beat Josh Allen (9 handicap) and Patrick Mahomes.

Former Players:

  • Josh Scobee (Jacksonville Jaguars): Held the title of "best NFL golfer" with a +2.5 handicap for several years. His career-best score is a remarkable 62.
  • John Brodie (San Francisco 49ers): A legendary quarterback who enjoyed a successful professional golf career following his football retirement. He even qualified for the U.S. Open.
  • Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys): The former quarterback won the American Century Championship celebrity tournament twice.
  • Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals): He has twice won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am alongside Kevin Streelman. The duo earned a seven-stroke win in 2018 and five-stroke victory in 2020.
  • Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons):  The former quarterback holds a 2.3 handicap and has hosted the Matt Ryan Celebrity-Am Classic annually and played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and American Century Championship.

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list, and many other skilled NFL golfers deserve mention. 

We hope you enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend!

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