Football players marathon

Tiki Barber at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. Photo: Courtesy of NYRR.

Sunday is one of the biggest days on the sports calendar with the Super Bowl set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST in Minneapolis. The Super Bowl is the annual football championship game between the top two teams in the National Football League.

Super Bowl 52 features the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Game day is often known as “Super Bowl Sunday.” It’s the second largest single-day occasion for U.S. food consumption and is known in the United States as an unofficial holiday. For many, that feeling of celebration extends in to Canada where the game will be broadcasted live and remembered for its extravagant, expensive commercials.

Despite the physique and stature of many gridiron football players, designed for speed and power, here are five football players who can brag about finishing a marathon.

Lynn Swann — 1993 New York City Marathon

At 41, Lynn Swann completed the 1993 New York City Marathon in 4:26:41. He was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Swann was known to have outstanding speed as a professional football player.

Roger Craig — 38 marathons and half-marathons

Roger Craig has been an avid runner in retirement having completed more than 38 marathons and half-marathons (as of April 2015) following his professional football career. He’s dipped under four hours for the marathon and is the co-founder of the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Tiki Barber — 2014, 2015 and 2016 New York City Marathon

Tiki Barber, the all-time rushing leader for the New York City Giants, has run the world’s largest marathon for three consecutive years for charity. He ran it in 4:50:56 in 2015 and 4:28:26 in 2016.

Tedy Bruschi — 2012 and 2014 Boston Marathon

Tedy Bruschi, a former linebacker (defensive position), has run the Boston Marathon twice. He ran 4:47 in 2014.

Amani Toomer — 2010 New York City Marathon

According to the results, it took Amani Toomer an hour to cross the starting line following the gun at the 2010 New York City Marathon. His net time was 4:13:45. He played for the hometown New York Giants.

Editor’s note: stats are as of February 2017. This story has been updated for 2018 Super Bowl information.

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