Now he's 50 years old and very good golfer. And you know what that means: Champions Tour Q-School.
Alas, Rypien failed to make it out of the Stage I qualifier in California. But he certainly didn't embarrass himself, or make anyone wonder, "What is that guy doing here?"
Rypien opened with an 81, but improved his score each round, following with 77, 75 and 71. He finished at 304, seven strokes out of the final qualifying position (one stroke behind T.C. Chen, who also failed to advance).
The winner of the California qualifier was Jeff Brehaut, while Ben Bates was medalist at the Stage 1 qualifier in Florida. Another qualifier takes place Oct. 30-Nov. 2, and the final stage is scheduled November 13-16.
Rypien played for the Redskins from 1986-93, and managed to hang around until 2002 while bouncing around from team to team. He even came back in 2006 to play for something called the Rochester Raiders in something called the Continental Indoor Football League. (Sounds like something Rypien made up to pad his resume.)
Quarterbacking runs in the Rypien family. His daughter Angela has played QB for the Seattle Mist and Baltimore Charm of the Lingerie Football League:
Wonder if golf also runs in the family ... Hey, Angela, start practicing now and you can claim a spot in an upcoming season of The Big Break!