By petedirenzo
Friday, October 19, 2012

You know what they say about pro athletes: They never retire -- they just take up golf. Well, one Super Bowl champ is pushing that mantra as far as he can.
Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, MVP of Super Bowl XXVI, is trying his hand at the Champions Tour. According to, the 50-year-old Rypien competed this week in the first stage of Q-School at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.
So far, it hasn't gone too well for Rypien, who shot rounds of 81-77-75, only good for T28 with one round left. That said, it's not bad for a guy who describes himself as "a two- or three-times a week golfer."
But, as a replacement for competitive football, it's something: "Just like football and the first snap, the first tee shot is the most nervy," Rypien told "As a quarterback, you always hoped that (Coach) Joe Gibbs would run off-tackle on the first play."

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