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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Even Pro Football Players Surf


When you think of a surfer, the image that comes to mind is of a tan, lean blond guy with sinewy muscles and salt in his bleached out blond hair. You don't typically think of a football player.

Well, last week, while in town for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, a bunch of NFL players took to the beach for some surf lessons. It's like the movie Blue Crush (yes, I admit to watching this movie) when Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) meets Matt, a quarterback in town for the Pro Bowl and wants to surf. Except this time, it was 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater and Reed McIntosh teaching the players to surf, not Kate Bosworth. They took Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons, and Doug Flutie out on the water and taught them a few things. You can see some video here.

Seems like an odd combination, right? But apparently, the friendships between the pro surfers and pro footballers is no joke. The rest of the week, members of the San Diego Chargers, including Eric Weddle, Scott Mruczkowski, Steve Gregory, and Jimmy Graham of the Saints hung out at the Quiksilver House overlooking Pipeline. I remember that some San Francisco 49ers came out to watch the Rip Curl Pro Search event in San Francisco back in November.

I am not a big football fan but with the New York Giants playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl this weekend, I'm definitely watching. Plus, I have a little wager on the line. I'm taking part in the Super Bowl Challenge, organized by Michele from NYC Running Mama and Samantha from Running and Cupcakes. Losers must run the point differential in miles. Adds a little excited to the game, no? Over 60 people are participating so come on! Join in the on the fun! 

Can you guess which team I'm rooting for? Do you have any Super Bowl wagers on the line? 

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2 Comments:

At February 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Blogger nyrgrl said...

Last year about this time there was a you tube video circulating around facebook with Tom Brady and (brazilian) model Gisele surfing together. He was a bulky mess, and she rocked it. She looked like something out of a video game, amazing body and totally in control. They took it off shortly after Tom got trounced in the comments, but it was hilarious.

 
At February 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I would have loved to have seen that video and the comments!! Ha ha! Of course, it figures that Gisele would be good at surfing too.

 

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