Terence Newman uses golf to get his mind off football
Before reporting to Minnesota Vikings training camp, veteran cornerback Terence Newman was on the golf course. The 36-year-old is an 8-to-10 handicap, according to Matt Vensel of the Star-Tribune. He uses the quiet game to get away from football and its related stresses during the offseason.
"It’s kind of one of those things where you go out and you don’t have to rely on anybody else," Newman said, via the Star-Tribune. "It’s just you and the golf ball and the golf ball doesn’t know who’s hitting it. You just have to steer it in the right direction. It’s a good way to mentally focus because it’s all mental."
Newman has been in the league for 12 seasons, but 2015 will be his first with the Vikings. His longevity is due in large part to the way he takes care of his body, as well as the way he's able to "recharge" during the offseason, according to the Star-Tribune.
Although he's turning 37 in September, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer believes Newman can still be a senior contributor this year.
"Terence is a good player," Zimmer said, per the Star-Tribune. "He’s an older player, but he’s a good player."
Last season, Newman started 13 games for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has 37 career interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), dating back to his earliest days with the Dallas Cowboys.