Jared Allen, Michael Roos, Marc Bulger, Keith Bulluck attempt to qualify for U.S. curling championships

AP

A foursome of former NFL players are attempting to qualify for the U.S. national curling championships as they dream of representing the United States at the 2020 Winter Olympics.

The four players – Jared Allen, Michael Roos, Marc Bulger and Keith Bulluck – formed a curling team with the name All-Pro Curling Team as three of the four players were All-Pro football players at some point in their NFL careers. Bulger was a two-time Pro Bowl selection as well.

According to Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press, the group is competing this weekend at the USA Men’s Challenge Round in Minnesota with four spots available for the national championships next month.

“Every team in the NFL — whether you’re hot garbage or the defending Super Bowl champions — every coach come August says the same thing: ‘We’re trying to win the Super Bowl,’” Allen said. “We come from that mentality, where we set lofty goals.

“Our short term goals are continually to get better: Fundamentals, strategy, sweeping. We know if we master these little things, it will take us a long way.”

Allen and Bulger combined with a pair of regular curlers last month and played the U.S. gold medal winning team of John Shuster,Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner. They lost that match 11-3.

“Honestly, they were a little better than I had expected,” Hamilton said. “All in all, Jared was technically pretty sound. But at the end of the day, I’ve seen thousands of curling shots and situations and that is ultimately going to win us more games.”

The group is now going at it on their own, losing their first match of the qualifiers 10-1 to a Seattle-based team. Nevertheless, the former NFL stars are committed to getting better and competing in their new sport.

“The message is: We want to bring attention to it. We want to have fun with it,” Allen said. “But we’re dead serious about what we’re trying to accomplish.”

24 responses to “Jared Allen, Michael Roos, Marc Bulger, Keith Bulluck attempt to qualify for U.S. curling championships

  1. Just proves no matter how much fun you think you’ll have or how easy a sport will be, you’re nothing compared to the best in the world at it

  2. Truthfully I really enjoy watching Curling. I had no idea what it was until I saw it years ago during the Olympics. Now every time the Winter Olympics roll around I actually look forward to watching the games. It reminds me of a combination of horseshoes and pool played out on an ice surface. Who would of ever thought that sentence made sense

  3. Does Jared do the “tie the invisible calf and throw your hands in the air when you’re done” move after he knocks of a curling thingy-ma-bobber?

  4. I love Jared Allen. I don’t think these guys have a chance in hell at making the Olympics, but I’ll be rooting for them.

  5. This is awesome. NFL players bringing awareness to lesser known sports. Similarly, Aaron Rodgers is apparently an avid disc golfer too. It would be really cool to see him sign with Innova or Disc Craft when he retires to bring more awareness to that sport.

  6. Tough sport. Trust me it is way harder than it looks. The ice is weird. The stones are heavy. Sweeping is tough. Obviously football is crazy hard too just saying.

  7. Curling is a really fun sport. But a hell of a lot harder than people think. I love that they’re getting into it though. Good luck!

  8. I find it a little arrogant that these guys think they can walk in and compete at an Olympic level in a sport they never played. I get it. They are world class athletes and competitors. That gives them an edge the common guy does not have but… the guys qualifying for the Olympics have been playing this sport for years.. years of training. The rich guys can afford the training and can afford the time to try but the odds are against them for sure. I’m pulling for the other guys here. Yeah, the guys that have worked their lifetime to make it to the Olympics not the millionaires who have the dough to buy the training and force their way to the front of the line.

    I would love to hear what the other curlers are saying about this.. Publicly they are probably supporting the attention to the sport. Privately, I’m guessing there would be some anamosity.

  9. When you think about it, it’s impressive that some middle age guys can pick up a new sport and withing a couple of years be as good at it as they are. The people they are competing against have probably been doing it for 10-20 years, with extensive coaching. Thats a big advantage. Lets see how this NFL team does in a few years.

  10. Don’t let any of these retired football player is full you when they say they don’t miss the game, or they were ready to stop. The competitive spirit never dies and this is perfect example. Good luck guys I hope it works.

  11. I think they have a legit shot to compete. Curling is as much strategy as physical and they actually have a former Olympic curler coaching. Can’t beat that kind of coaching.

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