NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans kicker Ryan Succop is trading a football for some golf clubs this weekend, but he won't be playing.
Instead, he'll be caddying for his buddy, Wesley Bryan, at the Nashville Golf Open, a Web.com event at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club.
"When he got his Web.com card last year, he said, 'Dude, there's an event in Nashville, and you're caddying for me,' Succop said. "I said, 'Cool, let's go.' I am looking forward to it. It should be a fun weekend."
Succop and Bryan went to school together at the University of South Carolina, and they've been buddies ever since.
While Succop has had success in the NFL – he's set to begin his eighth season – Bryan has done well on the golf course as well. He's currently first on the tour's money list, with $280,692 in earnings this year. He's posted four top 10 finishes, with two victories. He played in his first PGA Tour event last weekend in Memphis.
"It has been kind of cool to see him do so well,'' Succop said. "As well as he's played this year, it's been pretty neat."
Succop, a scratch golfer himself, admitted he actually beat Bryan when the two were in school.
But he said it was his best day of golf, and probably Bryan's worst.
"And,'' Succop said, "that was a long time ago."
Will Succop be offering any advice this week?
"I asked him: Are you going to want me to give yardages and help you read putts?,'' Succop said. "And he said, 'You're there to carry the bag and just have good conversation. But when it comes to golf, just shut up.' So I am there to carry his bag and keep the conversation light. That will be my job. … He knows what he is doing."
Will Succop be carrying away any of the prize money if his buddy should fare well this weekend? He is letting Bryan stay at his house, after all.
"You know, this is a good place to talk about it,'' Succop said with a smile. "I think 50 percent is fair. He might be swinging the clubs, but that bag is heavy and it's going to be hot. So I think we'll start at 50 percent and go from there.
"But really, I think that Wesley will not pay me, because I won't let him. I just hope he does well."
Titans Online looks at the career of kicker Ryan Succop, who began his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before signing a one-year contract with the Titans in 2014. (AP Photos)