I've come a long way as a golfer since the days when I played with my buddies at Stanford. Back then, how we finished wasn't as important as how much fun we had. Not that I played much. I was always busy with baseball in the spring and football in the fall, and I had to find time to study, too.
I was in the seventh grade, caddying for my mom and dad in Pullman, Wash., when I first swung a club, but it wasn't until the off-season after my rookie year with the Broncos that I really got the bug. I've gotten my handicap down to a one, which hasn't been easy because I never played during the football season. I didn't have the time, plus I was always a little sore from the games.
My strengths are driving—I hit one 380 yards in the thin air at Edgewood Lake Tahoe to win a long-drive contest—and a sometimes hot putter. My biggest weakness is consistency. I'll play well one day, like two years ago when I made three eagles and shot a 64 at Cherry Hills, then the next day I'll play so poorly that I'll stop counting. Because I've always had so little time to practice, during my rounds I've kept track of where I've lost shots and worked hardest on those things. It's important to learn how to score even when you're not hitting the ball well.
Now that I'm retired, I can hit the course and still spend a lot of time with my wife and four kids. It takes me awhile to get into golf after the football season, but this year, after we won the Super Bowl, I did a Maxfli commercial that got my juices going. We shot it in L.A., and they gave me some new equipment. You can't help but get excited about that—it's always the arrow, never the Indian. Now I've got the time to use it.