Cops and Jocks brings out famous former athletes

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Cops and Jocks Charity Golf Tournament drew a large number of locals and some famous faces, including Hall of Fame football player Lawrence Taylor and baseball great Roger Clemens.

"We love it over here, when Allen invites us to come, if our schedule permits it, we're here," said Clemens.

Tournament organizer Alan Heisser said the athletes enjoy coming to the tournament because it's all about fun.

"We create an atmosphere that's comfortable for them, they enjoy it, it's fun, the tournament's about fun, it's competition but it's fun," said Heisser.

The McNeese football team and coaching staff along with some former Saint greats were also in attendance.

Many of the former Saints were beaming with pride when talking about their former team at the course.

"We've got enough people in the Who Dat group to be the best fans in the world. We see all the Saints stuff saying they're the best now in the NFL and you look at all the stuff going on, New Orleans is really on the move," said Hall of Fame Saint player, Rickey Jackson.

"Not only did we get there, we won it. Nobody can say we've never won it, never been there, and all those things," said former McNeese Cowboy and Saint, Buford Jordan.

While being there for a cause was most important, there was something else on the former players minds.

Whether it's on the baseball diamond, the football field or the golf course the competitive fire never stops burning for the former professional athletes.

"I had the opportunity to go out early this morning and play with Rickey Jackson and Lawrence Taylor, and I played and competed against Lawrence Taylor in my time, you know it was just a fun time here. We talked about the old days, but we're also very competitive on this golf course," said former Saint running back, Dalton Hilliard.

Rickey Jackson added, "It was a great time, we get the chance to come out here and compete against each other on the golf course, and then you get to play a scramble with some people you don't know."

"I'm still chasing my four boys and being active, I love the game of golf. I do need to practice more, but you can get competitive," said Clemens.

You didn't have to birdie every hole this afternoon to feel like a winner, this round of golf was about raising money for the community.

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