KUSA - The Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations is taking a break from the drama surrounding Dove Valley the last couple weeks.John Elway is paired withfellow Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and former MLB pitcher John Smoltzin thefirst round of the American Century Championship.
The tournament gets underway Friday morning in Lake Tahoe and benefits numerous local and national charities. Broncos Head Coach John Fox and former safety John Lynch are also among the celebrities.
Defending champion Dan Quinn, Ernie Els' part-time caddie and five-time winner of the American Century Championship, is slated to tee off at 10:20 PT with actor Jack Wagner and former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver. The trio represents the last three champions of this tournament.
Other highlighted groups include the former Major League closers Eric Gagne, Trevor Hoffman and Goose Gossage; former NFL running backs Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk; current and former hard-hitting NFLers Brian Urlacher, AJ Hawk and Rodney Harrison; and the trio of former Atlanta Braves David Justice, Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones.
The 54-hole American Century Championship will be televised live by NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network from July 19-21. On Friday, July 19, NBC Sports Network will air the tournament from2-5 p.m. MT. NBC will televise the event on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 1-4 p.m. MT.
Quinn is the top choice of Harrah's Tahoe Sportsbook at 7-2 odds to win the 24th annual celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Second choice to win the tournament is eight-time American Century champion and former MLB pitcher Rick Rhoden, who is posted at 4-1. Tolliver, who has won at Tahoe three times, follows Rhoden at 9-2. Harrah's Sportsbook placed John Smoltz, a former MLB pitcher, at 5-1 behind Tolliver. Wagner, a two-time Tahoe champion, is listed at 6-1.Elway is listed at 10-1 odds.
Celebrated perennial longshot Charles Barkley had to withdraw due to injury but is in attendance as tournament ambassador.