OK, for those of you who don’t care about the Drew Brees Charity golf tournament, just skip this one.
Basically, the tournament was amazing. It started on Sunday night in San Diego with a party, and then golf on Monday and Tuesday. As you can see in the picture here, I got a chance to be the “official scorer” for NFL greats Jon Kitna, Carson Palmer and Dominic Raiola. Riding around for 18 holes alone with those guys was a true pleasure. I rode with Jon Kitna, and that guy is class act, as well as a firm believer. He mentioned how he came to know Christ, his ministry plans for after he retires and lots of other stuff. Really had a good time. Lots of people have asked me about Carson Palmer, since he’s a pretty big-name guy. He was cool. Not quite as personable as Jon, but then again I wasn’t riding with him all day, either. They’re both great golfers. I did get to witness a few clubs getting thrown around the course, which reminds me a lot of what happens when I play.
Here are some other highlights from the tournament:
- The point of the tournament (besides raising money for charity) was to determine the best individual golfer in the NFL and the best NFL golfing team. The winner was Trent Dilfer, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers (and, ironically, AdvoCare endorser). He shot a 72 on Tuesday on the toughest golf course I’ve ever seen in my life. The 49ers also proved to be the best team in the NFL, namely because of Trent, Alex Smith and Chris Heatherington.
- This thing was a who’s who of NFL great – Ladanian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Junior Seau, Andre Reed, Donnie Edwards, just to name a few.
- The AdvoCare Distributors were pretty cool during the whole tournament, and they shot some great golf. Thanks to you guys for making it really cool.
- Drew Brees is the best. I can’t think of a better guy to be associated with. His team of helpers was great, too.
The other interesting thing was how well our branding opportunities there were (that being AdvoCare’s). We didn’t think we’d get to get our name out there too much, but our logo was everywhere, as were our people. In fact, we were giving away gym bags filled with an Under Armour shirt and AdvoCare product to all of the players (about 150 total). Derek Smith, linebacker for the 49ers, actually turned it down, claiming he had enough bags and enough shirts. Then, he asked if there was AdvoCare product in there. I said yes, of course, and that’s all he wanted. He actually asked if he could have a little more. I was amazed that he turned down about $70 worth of freebies for about $8 worth of nutritional products. It really speaks to how pro athletes value the safety and efficacy of AdvoCare products.