Jared Allen is an All-Pro defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings who makes his living throwing quarterbacks to the ground. So, he was having a hard time keeping his hands off the more than a dozen current and former professional quarterbacks who are playing in the American Century Championship this weekend.
“Those Prima Donnas,” said Allen laughing during his lackluster second round.
“I had it in red (positive) numbers for a second or two yesterday,” said Allen, who daringly wore a pair of red and while plaid knickers with high white stockings and flip-flops for golf shoes on Friday. Okay, take a few seconds to picture that look!
His caddie and friend said he turned to the sandals after losing too many pairs of golf shoes along the way. It looks kind of funny, no doubt. Saturday, he wore white khakis while the only pair of knickers he had were being cleaned.
“I think this is the first time I’ve ever worn long pants on a golf course,” said Allen.
Allen’s self-deprecating fashion style is a hoot, but no one dared laugh at the big man. His golf game is something to laugh at, at times, however; although he did birdie the short par-4 10th on Saturday.
“I’m just trying to preserve what little dignity I have left out here,” he told the rest of his group – Marcus Allen and Ray Allen -- as they teed off on the 11th hole.
By Craig Smith, former director of media relations for the U.S. Golf Association.