It isn’t a sport that the United States has always dominated, but in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, the U.S. took home the gold in curling.
Clearly the Americans have figured something out in the idiosyncratic ice sport. That victory hasn’t stopped a group of elite athletes from trying to represent the U.S. in the 2022 games in Beijing.
Four former NFL stars—Jared Allen, Marc Bulger, Keith Bulluck, and Michael Roos—are training to become Olympic level curlers. Between them, they have nine All-Pro and nine Pro Bowl selections.
Keith Bulluck, a former standout for the Tennessee Titans, says that their attempt to become Olympic curlers is not a joke.
About a year in, they realize what an uphill battle it is, but they are still working at it.
TMZ recently caught up with Bulluck and asked about the curling efforts.
From the interview, on whether Beijing is still the goal:
“I would like to say yes, because we are trying and working our ass off.”
“We’re venturing into uncharted waters for us. We’ve been at it a year. We have great coaches. We’ve been putting our time in. But, these guys are experts, man. It doesn’t discourage us. It just makes us work hard. But, we know what we’re up against.”
Bulluck continued … saying, “This is not a joke for us. We definitely take it serious. And respect the guys that doing. We’ve competing against some of the top guys in the country.”
Those “top guys” are the U.S. gold medalists, who beat the former NFL stars 11-3 in November. Luckily, they still have a few years, but it is definitely an uphill climb for the novice curlers.