The U Club was flooded with former Kentucky football greats on Monday for Wesley Woodyard’s 16 Ways Charity Golf Scramble. Scramble season is finally here.
It was an entertaining ensemble of characters. From Mark Stoops and Joker Phillips, to Lamar Thomas and Danny Trevathan, the combinations sparked my curiosity. If I could pick three for footballers to play 18 holes, who would I turn to?
The first criteria has to be someone that will “enjoy” themselves on the course. You can’t have anyone being too serious when you have an unlimited supply of beer. Secondly, it’d be nice to have someone who isn’t too bad at hitting a golf ball. Even though this is a hypothetical game, you can’t pick Bear Bryant; only former footballers who are still living and able to play (the latter takes Freddie Maggard out of consideration). My trio:
If Coach Brooks isn’t everybody’s number one selection, you’re playing this game wrong. Not only is he well versed with the links in retirement, he also knows how to have a good time. He also doesn’t hesitate to talk trash. Even if you’re on the same team, you need a good trash-taller in the group. If only you could add Spurrier to the team…
I never saw Sonny Collins play a snap, but all I have to do is see that picture to know that Collins would be a great guy to spend a day with on the golf course. Collins wasn’t just a great running back, he was a great personality, one I’d like to get to know. The epitome of cool, Collins starred for some of the best teams Kentucky has ever fielded. It was also when they got caught cheating, which I’m sure is worth at least one good story. A Madisonville native, I know another guy from Madisonville who’s pretty proficient on the golf course. There must be something in the water…
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really want to pick Jared. If you’re playing a fun, hypothetical game, you should let your imagination run wild; you shouldn’t pick someone who you could potentially play with if you could ever figure out how to say their name correctly on a podcast. However, you can’t have a fantastic UK football foursome and not include Gerald.
Even though I’ve heard many of his NSFPodcast stories, I know there are some hiding deep in the archives. He’s an exceptional trash-talker, one that takes it as well as he dishes it. He won’t drink all of the beers because he’s a rum and coke guy. Even better, he played for Coach Brooks. That means if Brooks was planning on being somewhat subdued, Jared holds the key to unleashing a floodgate of phenomenal stories.
Dicky Lyons Jr.
Tim Couch’s offensive line
Jon Toth (just to make Freddie jealous)
Who would YOU include in your UK Football Foursome?