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The stars come out (to play) at annual TTU Football Alumni Golf Classic

The stars come out (to play) at annual TTU Football Alumni Golf Classic
Former NFL Pro Bowler Jim Youngblood (left) and Golden Eagle head coach Watson Brown (center) discuss rules of golf (or something?) with eight-year NFL veteran Frank Omiyale. Photo by Mike Lehman

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Several former NFL standouts, a Heisman Trophy winner, the Tennessee Titans current starting quarterback and dozens of former Golden Eagle players were on hand Friday night and Saturday as the Tennessee Tech football team held its annual Alumni Golf Classic at the Cookeville Golf Club.

All proceeds from the tournament go to the Tennessee Tech football program and the Robert Hill Johnson endowment.

The weekend was packed with reminiscing and sharing memories and tall tales as head coach Watson Brown and his entire staff hosted a field of 100 golfers. Titans quarterback Jake Locker and Seattle Sehawks offensive lineman Frank Omiyale, a former Golden Eagle, represented the current crop of NFL players. Several former pro players joined the group including some of Tech's most decorated players  -- Jim Youngblood, Larry Schreiber, Jim Bishop, Wayne Anderson and Steve Davis.

South Carolina Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers returned to the event, bringing his hardware with him, and many folks took the opportunity to have their photo taken with George and the famous statue.

Former Golden Eagle assistant coach Gerald Brown, currently an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, was on hand. So was former Minnesota Viking punter Neil Clabo.

The heavy evening rains held off just long enough for the golf tournament to wrap up, moving everyone indoors just in time for the silent auction and dinner.

This year's gathering was the largest ever for the event.

Prior to the golf outing on Saturday, participants enjoyed a Friday night BBQ dinner. The dinner was sponsored by Miller Lite and Stone Steel and featured some of the South's best barbecue for what has become a legendary feast.

Former Golden Eagle Tom Pemberton headed up this year's event, and was happy with the outstanding turnout and enthusiastic particioantion.

"It's a great chance for former players to come back and meet with the coaching staff, to gain a little insight into the 2013 season, and to visit and reminisce about the past," Pemberton said. "The most important aspect, is that the tournament continues to grow and raise money for the Robert Hill Johnson Scholarship Endowment and for the TTU football progam."