January 23 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Marshall Faulk: Hall-of-Fame running back and golfer, at least in the newest rendition of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Golf, due out this March.
The highlight for Faulk wasn’t just being in the game, however, which he is for a second year in a row as one of the “celebrity” figures users can play with. As part of the promotion for this latest version, Faulk got to film a couple of “webisodes” with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill late last year.
“For me, an avid golfer, there’s no better highlight than having Arnold Palmer watch me swing the club,” Faulk said.
Their interaction went beyond that with Faulk humorously chasing Palmer and Palmer telling him to “keep trying” and that he’ll “get there one day.” When they weren't filming, the two talked mostly golf and what the game used to be like during Palmer's prime, Faulk said.
The tag line for the campaign is “Take Down Legends.”
Usually it was Faulk who was the one getting chased – he spent 12 seasons in the NFL and is one of only three players to have amassed 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving in his career.
When it came to golf, however, Faulk struggled.
“I went to a charity tournament and couldn’t play,” Faulk said of his introduction to golf. “Every sport I played I was the best at, but not with this.”
Faulk, who lives in San Diego, eventually whittled his handicap to low single digits, however, and has played with or spent time with several PGA TOUR players, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler.
As for the video game, Faulk says he’s “pretty good.” You can see for yourself on March 26, when Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 hits the shelves.