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Super Bowl Participants Greg Jennings, Lawrence Timmons Also Are Avid Bowlers

Greg Jennings and Lawrence Timmons are among the best players on the teams competing Sunday in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. Turns out they also are among the top performers on the bowling lanes.

Jennings, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, didn't start bowling until his sophomore year at Western Michigan University. Timmons, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, started as a youth in hometown Florence, S.C.

"I love to bowl in the offseason," said Jennings at Tuesday's Super Bowl XLV Media Day at Cowboys Stadium. "I have fun with my friends."

In the past three Junes, Jennings has taken that passion one step further by hosting an annual Bowl with the Pros event in Kalamazoo, Mich. Last year, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tommie Harris joined American Idol standout Matt Giraud to help benefit Jennings' foundation and projects in his hometown.

"Bowling is serious and competitive for me," Jennings said. "I'm still trying to get my first 300 game. My high so far is 276."

Jennings said Packers running back John Kuhn, safety Nick Collins and receiver James Jones also like to bowl.

"But none of them can beat me," Jennings said.

With a 276 career high game, not many Steelers can beat Timmons who competed in youth leagues back home.

"My family likes to do a lot of things together and one of the things we did was go bowling," Timmons said. "We'd go after church on Sundays or on Friday evenings. It was a lot of fun."

Timmons said he bowled last week in Pittsburgh with fellow linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Crezdon Butler and receiver Antwaan Randle El. Two Steelers on the reserve/injured list, quarterback Dennis Dixon and punter Daniel Sepulveda, also enjoy the sport. Dixon, in fact, claims to average 215 per game and said he has rolled a 300 game.

"I finished college in three and half years so the second half of my senior year I had no classes and I went bowling," Dixon said. "I quickly got serious and got better and better and got good at it."

Today, Dixon is serious enough to own three bowling balls. He said it was bowling's requirement of accuracy and the curve of the bowling ball is what attracted him to the sport.

Mark Miller
Bowling Examiner
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