Outdoorsmen come from all walks of life, even the National Football League.
During the off season and bye weeks, you can catch many of the NFL’s elite football players hunting and fishing.
Some grew up spending time in the outdoors, while others were introduced to hunting and fishing by their teammates.
But, they all have one thing in common. These eight current NFL players who love to hunt and fish.
1. Frank Zombo, Kansas City Chiefs
A Michigan native, Frank Zombo knows a thing or two about hunting. The Kansas City Chief’s linebacker has been known to bag both birds and bucks.
2. Trent Cole, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Cole may be one of the more recent additions to the Colts’ roster, but he certainly isn’t new to the outdoors world.
The NFL Pro-Bowl linebacker is also the host for Blitz TV on NBC Sports, Destination America, Tuff TV, Wild TV, and Pursuit.
3. TJ Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals
When Bengals’ center TJ Johnson isn’t on the football field, he’s probably in the woods. The University of South Carolina alum not only makes calls from the line, but calls in gobblers.
4. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
In 2007, Joe Thomas made a name for himself when he skipped the NFL draft to go fishing with his father and friend. Seven seasons later, one of the most dedicated and hardworking players in the NFL hasn’t changed much.
Thomas still loves to slay fish in his down time.
5. Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs
Top-rated 2013 draft pick Eric Fisher loves to tackle big game. A fellow Michigan native on the KC roster, he and pal Frank Zombo spend their fair share of time in the woods.
6. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans’ kicker, Ryan Succop, is an avid outdoorsman. During the off season and occasional bye week it’s not uncommon for Succop to spend his days reeling in red fish and bagging various waterfowl.
7. Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins
Quarterback Colt McCoy is no stranger to the outdoors. Co-hosted by his friend former University of Texas teammate, Jordan Shipley, McCoy has even made a few appearances on the Outdoor Channel’s “Bucks of Tecomate.”
8. Reed Doughty, Washington Redskins
Reed Doughty, safety for the Washington Redskins, grew up fly fishing in Colorado. He loves fishing so much that he’s one of the few NFL players to take up fishing competitively by entering the Bassmaster Southern Open in Charlotte.
We know the ultimate goal is of course the Super Bowl, but we can’t help but think these guys are counting down the days until the next time they can get back in the woods and on the water.