10 Jan '13, 4pm

One pro football player faced choice between running #WDWMarathon and competing in NFL playoffs

One pro football player faced choice between running #WDWMarathon and competing in NFL playoffs

Some people will do anything to get out of running a marathon. As Pro Football Talk reports , Ryan Longwell had been planning to run the Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida on Sunday. Instead, his workout that day will consist of being the placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks in their National Football Conference semi-final against the Atlanta Falcons. Longwell, 38, last played in an NFL game in 2011, for the Minnesota Vikings. He was signed earlier this week by the Seahawks after the team's regular placekicker, Steven Hauschka, suffered a calf injury. As far as we've been able to determine, Sunday's marathon would have been Longwell's debut at the distance. The fastest marathon by someone who has played in the NFL that we're aware of was by the late Pat Tillman, who ran 3:48:48 at the 2000 Avenue of the Giants Marathon in California.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/ryan-longwel...

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