Three of the greatest quarterbacks in West Virginia University history will be together at The Greenbrier for the annual Wednesday Official Pro-Am at The Greenbrier Classic on July 6.
Marc Bulger, Jeff Hostetler and Pat White are all slated to tee it up on The Old White TPC Course for the star-studded event on the eve of tournament rounds.
“We’re thrilled to have these three big-time stars all together in West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic,” said Jim Justice, owner and CEO, The Greenbrier. “They were all three tremendous football players, but also tremendous people. I know we will see a lot of gold and blue out on The Old White TPC to watch them.”
During his four seasons in Morgantown, from 1996 through 1999, Bulger, now a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, completed 630 passes for 8,153 yards and 59 touchdowns. He ranks second in Mountaineer history in all three of those categories.
A Pittsburgh, PA, native, Bulger was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played 10 seasons in the NFL, most of that time with the St. Louis Rams. His best years were from 2003 through 2008, when he was the team’s full-time starter. He made the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006 and was the Pro Bowl MVP in 2004. He ended his NFL career with 22,814 passing yards and 122 touchdowns.
Hostetler, who is also a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, transferred to West Virginia from Penn State and made a huge impact for head coach Don Nehlen, who eventually became his father-in-law. In just 16 games as the Mountaineer quarterback in 1982 and 1983, Hostetler threw for 4,251 yards and 26 touchdowns.
In 1984, Hostetler was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He went on to play 15 years in the NFL.
Hostetler’s professional highlights included an appearance in the 1994 Pro Bowl. Filling in for the injured Phil Sims, he also led the Giants to a victory over the favored Bills in Super Bowl XXV. It was his second Super Bowl ring, though he wasn’t the starter in Super Bowl XXI.
Hostetler finished his NFL career, which also included stints with the Raiders and Redskins, with 16,430 passing yards and 94 touchdowns.
White, a native of Daphne, AL, is the only Mountaineer quarterback to lead his team to four bowl victories. As a freshman, he led WVU to a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia to cap off the 2015 season and followed that with victories in the Gator Bowl (Georgia Tech), Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma) and Meineke Car Care Bowl (North Carolina) before his college career was complete.
White finished his WVU career with 6,049 passing yards and 56 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns, the rushing yardage total an NCAA record for quarterbacks. The Mountaineers were 42-9 during White’s four seasons in Morgantown.
White was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but his NFL career never panned out. He played in only 13 career games with the Dolphins.
The three Mountaineer greats will join former WVU head coach Don Nehlen, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who coached both Hostetler and Bulger, and former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee, who is now with the Indianapolis Colts, for the Wednesday Pro-Am.
“It’s great to have all of these former WVU stars together playing in front of the fans that love them so much,” said Habibi Mamone, Tournament Director, The Greenbrier Classic. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for them and a lot of fun for sports fans all over West Virginia.”
Other big names that have previously been announced include Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a West Virginia native, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Justin Martin from the Duck Dynasty television show on A&E.
Grounds badges for all seven days of the PGA TOUR FedExCup’s Greenbrier Classic, which will run July 4-10, are available free of charge by registering online at GreenbrierClassic.com. The deadline to reserve these badges is June 25 at 11:59 p.m.
Spectators will not need to go to Will Call to receive their complimentary badges. All Grounds Badges will be distributed as spectators board the complimentary shuttle buses. Buses will depart from the State Fair of West Virginia (general parking), The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center (ADA parking) and Villa Park (White Sulphur Springs residents only). Proper credentials will be required for the Sports Performance Center and Villa Park.
Every fan is also asked to bring a non-perishable food item with them to The Greenbrier Classic. These items will be collected and donated to area food banks.