ORLANDO, Fla. -- BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO kicked off on Tuesday with an all-star cast of former BIG BREAK competitors learning they were going to be teams of three with the surprise entrance of six NFL legends: Hall-of-Famers Jerry Rice and Chris Doleman, along with Tim Brown, Mark Rypien, Marc Bulger and Al Del Greco.
The competition got underway as teams competed in several skills challenges as part of the “Big Break Combine,” highlighted by the popular Glass Break Challenge. The total number of points accumulated during the show determined the teams’ rankings heading into Tuesday’s (Oct. 15) new episode at 9 p.m. ET, where they will compete in challenges from tee-to-green in a match-play format.
Team Rypien (Mark Rypien, Meghan Hardin and James Lepp), finished last in points in the opening episode. As a result, they will automatically compete in the last match on Tuesday – the Sudden Death Challenge – where the losing team from that match will receive a loss. Two losses for a team on BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO results in elimination from the competition.
Team rankings after Tuesday’s Episode:
Team Bulger (Marc Bulger, Chad Schulze and Zakiya Randall) 18 points
Team Del Greco (Al Del Greco, Oren Geri and Stefanie Kenoyer) 16 points
Team Rice (Jerry Rice, Isaac Sanchez and Emily Talley) 16 points
Team Doleman (Chris Doleman, Brian Cooper and Shannon Fish) 13 points
Team Brown (Tim Brown, Will Lowery and Mallory Blackwelder) 8 points
Team Rypien (Mark Rypien, James Lepp and Meghan Hardin) 7 points
The teams competing on BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO are:
Tim Brown (46, Dallas, Texas, 3 handicap, 17-year NFL wide receiver, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner). Competing on behalf of the Tim Brown Foundation, which supports programs and initiatives nationwide for mentoring and education programs for kids, including the Athletes & Entertainers for Kids and 911 for Kids.
Mallory Blackwelder (26, Versailles, Ky. / Scottsdale, Ariz. – BIG BREAK IRELAND)
Will Lowery (28, Charlotte, N.C. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)
Marc Bulger (36, Sarasota, Fla., 4 handicap, 10-year NFL quarterback and two-time Pro Bowler). Competing on behalf of the Marc Bulger Foundation, which provides funding to a diverse range of programs benefiting men and women in the armed services, as well as police and fire personnel. Potential winnings will support the Marine Corps Scholarships Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Zakiya Randall (21, Washington, D.C. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
Chad Schulze (25, Cockeysville, Md. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Team Del Greco
Al Del Greco (51, Birmingham, Ala., +1 handicap, 17-year NFL placekicker). Competing on behalf of The Bright House Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves Alabama communities by creating, supporting and enhancing the services provided for children and adults with special needs.
Stefanie Kenoyer (24, Lighthouse Point, Fla. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Oren Geri (40, Altamonte Springs, Fla. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)
Chris Doleman (51, Atlanta, Ga., 3 handicap, 2012 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Inductee and 15-year NFL defensive lineman). Competing on behalf of the Chris Singleton Foundation, which provides financial support to non-profit organizations that are making impact in three social justice initiatives: helping in the fight against human slavery, providing solutions for “At Risk Youth” and making safe drinking water to those in need.
Shannon Fish (24, Spring, Texas – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
Brian Cooper (46, Phoenix, Ariz. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)
Jerry Rice (50, Atherton, Calif., 1 handicap, Pro Football Hall-of-Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion). Competing on behalf of the Jerry Rice 127 Foundation, which provides financial support to agencies and organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond dedicated to helping children and their families.
Emily Talley (23, Napa, Calif. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Isaac Sanchez (34, Folsom, Calif. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)
Mark Rypien (50, Spokane, Wash., 1 handicap, 12-year NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion). Competing on behalf of the Mark Rypien Foundation, built after Rypien lost his three-year-old son, Andrew, to cancer in 1998. The foundation raises and provides funding to support unique programs and projects that help address the needs of children with cancer and foster a healing environment for child cancer patients.
Meghan Hardin (21, La Quinta, Calif. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
James Lepp (28, Abbotsford, British Columbia – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)
Teams are competing for the largest grand prize in series history – more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. NFL Legends are competing for $50,000 for charity, with the returning BIG BREAK competitors vying for exemptions to the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic and the 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic, $50,000 in cash and other prizes.
Golf Channel’s BIG BREAK show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO, teams will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall” challenges. The series also will feature special guest appearances from World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and Puerto Rico’s own Chi Chi Rodriguez and two-time Super Bowl winner and NBC’s Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison.
Serving as the backdrop for BIG BREAK NFL PUERTO RICO is the luxurious Dorado Beach Resort in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Produced in partnership with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the series unfolds on the resort’s historic East Course, a par-72 layout that features panoramic sight lines of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 of 18 holes. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course was recently redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II, bringing the classic seaside course into the 21st century.
Past BIG BREAK champions have won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, including the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Canadian Tour.
Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, BIG BREAK VII: REUNION champion and PGA TOUR professional, captured his first PGA TOUR victory in 2012 at The McGladrey Classic and is playing full-time on the PGA TOUR. Gerina Piller (BIG BREAK PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND competitor) competed in the 2013 Solheim Cup, representing Team U.S.A. as a Captain’s Pick. 2011 Solheim Cup team member Ryann O’Toole (BIG BREAK SANDALS RESORTS competitor) and 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Kristy McPherson (BIG BREAK VI: TRUMP NATIONAL competitor) also are currently playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. Several other past BIG BREAK competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Matt Every (PGA TOUR), James Nitties and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour) and Kim Welch, Nicole Smith, Kelly Jacques (LPGA Tour).
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