By Dan | @DGood73
John Daly remains larger than life.
Big, booming drives. Out-sized personality.
But a football kicker?
Yes, golfer John Daly was named an alternate kicker on the 1991 All-Madden Team. George Foreman was also included as the squad's "eating coach," whatever that entails. The honor provided Daly with his first trading card – an Action Packed issue that shows the golfer lining up a putt, a gold foil leather helmet in the card's corner.
"Pat Summerall is traditionally the kicker on the All-Madden Team," the card's reverse reads. "Since Pat moves on to golf after football season, he recommended we use golfer John Daly as his alternate. Daly kicks barefooted, and with his tremendous follow-through, he could probably kick a field goal almost as long as he hits a drive. If we need a Golfer/Kicker, Daly's the guy!"
While the card seems ridiculous today, it's not entirely baseless. According to a 2002 USA Today article, Daly was a successful high school kicker - and used his leg to win a few games.
"He worked hard," his coach Ray Hentges said at the time. "He was a nice kid and easy to coach."
As he progressed on the PGA Tour, Daly has been anything but nice and easy ... more like edgy, blunt, bombastic, polarizing, playful, rough-around-the-edges, fun. Kind of like a football player. Maybe Action Packed's John Daly card wasn't so far off, after all.