Rice among legends on Big Break NFL


ORLANDO, Fla. – Golf Channel teams up with the National Football League this fall for the 20th season of Big Break by featuring several of the NFL’s all-time greats playing alongside aspiring professional golfers.  Big Break NFL will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET and airs weekly on Tuesdays nights.

NFL legends competing on Big Break NFL include Hall-of-Famers Jerry Rice and Chris Doleman, along with Tim Brown, Marc Bulger, Al Del Greco and Mark Rypien.  Filmed at Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, the series will feature each of the six NFL legends joining two Big Break competitors (one male and one female) to form three-person teams.  On the line will be $50,000 to the winning NFL legend’s designated charity, along with 2014 PGA Tour and LPGA tournament exemptions, cash and other prizes for the Big Break competitors.

“I have been a fan of Big Break for a long time, and I wanted to experience the pressure and excitement of competing on this series first-hand,” said Rice, who will be playing this week at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, airing on NBC. “The nerves we all faced on this show – knowing that everything potentially was on the line for your team with one golf shot – are experiences I will never forget.”

NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” sideline reporter and Emmy Award winner Michele Tafoya joins Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott to co-host the season. 

A look at the football players competing on Big Break NFL

Tim Brown (46, Dallas, Texas, 3 handicap) – The first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy award in 1987, Brown is one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history. He played in the NFL for 17 years, including 16 seasons with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.

Marc Bulger (36, Sarasota, Fla., 4 handicap) – A 10-year NFL veteran quarterback, Bulger competed with the St. Louis Rams for nine years, highlighted by two Pro Bowl appearances (2004, 2007) and the 2004 Pro Bowl MVP.

Al Del Greco (51, Birmingham, Ala., plus-1 handicap) – One of the greatest placekickers in NFL history, Del Greco’s 17-year NFL career included stints with the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. He finished his career 17th on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,584 points.

Chris Doleman (51, Atlanta, Ga., 3 handicap) – With a career spanning 15 years, which included eight Pro Bowl selections, Doleman was inducted in 2012 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is recognized as one of the top defensive players in NFL history.

Jerry Rice (50, Atherton, Calif., 1 handicap) – Three-time Super Bowl champion Rice is generally regarded as the best wide receiver ever to play in the National Football League.

Mark Rypien (50, Spokane, Wash., 1 handicap) – The first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL, Rypien’s 12-year NFL career – the majority with the Washington Redskins – included two Super Bowl championships, Super Bowl XXVI MVP and two Pro Bowl selections (1989 and 1991).