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Celebrity golf: Rodgers has chance to learn from Hall of Famer Marino

Staff reports

Everybody knows the name of former Miami Dolphin great and future Hall of Fame inductee Dan Marino, but how many know the name of future Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers?

Apparently, a lot. Marino and Rodgers were paired up for a round Wednesday, and Rodgers worked the ropes, getting used to signing his name with a Sharpie pen. Some of the younger Bay Area football fans may know Rodgers better than Marino – the Cal star was just drafted to play under Brett Favre, while Marino has been on the celebrity golf circuit for years.

Who knows? Maybe Rodgers will be a hall of famer himself. He’s learning from one of the best.

Faulk accepts second-string role

Several years removed from being one of the best all-around backs in the NFL, Marshall Faulk is adjusting to his new role with the St. Louis Rams.

Pretraining camp reports insist that Faulk will back up Stephen Jackson, a second-year player from Oregon State University.

“That’s what it is and I’m fine with that,” Faulk said. “I’m sure it’s gonna be an adjustment, but nothing I’m not willing to take on.”

Faulk was the starter last year, but Jackson got more carries as the season wore on.

“I like him a lot,” Faulk said. “He has to learn how to play the game, find his niche and learn the things he can do and the things he needs to work on.

“I don’t know if I’m a great teacher, but I know a lot about the game. I feel there are some things I can share with (Jackson) and make him a better player.”

Wanting a call back

When New Jersey Nets star guard Jason Kidd arrived at the driving range Wednesday, former San Antonio Spurs guard Vinny Del Negro was practicing nearby.

Del Negro jokingly asked if Kidd was too big of a “superstar” to return his phone calls. Kidd didn’t seem to know what he was talking about.

“Yeah right, what’s my phone number?” Kidd asked.

Del Negro didn’t miss a beat in his reponse.

“I have it in my book,” was the reply.

‘Peterman sighting’

“Seinfeld” cast member, and recent runner up on television’s “Dancing With the Stars,” John O’Hurley, was hamming it up with fans at the Edgewood driving range, before heading out to the course Wednesday for a round. O’Hurley took some tips from American Century great Rick Rhoden while hitting balls next to wife Lisa Mesloh. When Rhoden sauntered up to the pair, he struck a dancing pose with Mesloh, referring to O’Hurley’s television time on the show “Dancing with the Stars.”

O’Hurley and Mesloh are good golfers, and obviously hit the links frequently.

Jordan followers denied

As it is every year, Michael Jordan had the biggest group of followers, but politely declined to sign autographs during his round Wednesday. Jordan played with former Oregon Duck and television personality Ahmad Rashad.

Roenick’s golf stock rising?

It appears the 301 days eight-time NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick was away from hockey because of the league’s lockout had a positive effect on his golf game.

Roenick, who has never finished higher than 27th in his 10 previous ACC appearances, fired a 6-under 66 during his practice round on Wednesday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. He had three eagles.

When asked if he’s got any more 66s left in him this week, he responded, “I got a couple more 66s.”

He better hope so. The NHL labor strike ended on Wednesday, which should limit Roenick’s time on the golf course in the future.


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