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Josh Scobee, the best pro-athlete golfer and a man who once challenged Tiger Woods, is retiring from the NFL

April 12, 2017

The title of best current pro-athlete golfer is up for grabs now that the NFL's Josh Scobee is retiring. The longtime Jacksonville Jaguars kicker was No. 1 in Golf Digest's most recent ranking of golfers from other sports with a plus-2.5 handicap.

"It's exciting," Scobee told First Coast News. "I played 12 years, that's a long time, and now it's time to do something else."

Just a guess, but that "something else" will include more golf. A lot more golf. After all, this is a guy who once shot 67 two days after kicking a game-winning field goal, and who famously challenged Tiger Woods to a match -- by offering to give the 14-time major champ two shots a side. Yeah, he's pretty confident with his golf game.

In that latest Golf Digest pro-athlete ranking, MLB relief pitcher Tyler Clippard checked in at No. 2 with a plus-1.9 handicap. Other guys with the potential to take over Scobee's title include Atlanta Falcons QB and reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan (Plus-1.2) and two Golden State Warriors guard and two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Scobee's NFL career slowed down after he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers just before the the 2015 season. He struggled in his four games there (Even Snoop Dogg ripped him on Instagram), was released, and hasn't played in a regular season game since.

But he's returning to Jacksonville on a ceremonial one-day contract so he can officially retire as a Jaguar.

"I was drafted here in 2004 and this is where I'm retiring," said Scobee, 34, who is the team's all-time leading scorer. "This is where I'm going to live for probably the rest of my life."

Live and play golf, that is. Good for you, Josh. You've got 16 years to work on your game before giving the senior tour a run.