Olindo Mare and Jason Taylor were never on the field at the same time, as Mare was the place kicker and Taylor a linebacker. But the two were members of the Dolphins for 10 years from 1997-2006 and developed a close friendship. That’s why Mare is always a fixture at Taylor’s Foundation Golf Outing in South Florida. Taylor’s Foundation raises money for underprivileged kids in South Florida.
Talking to Jared Ginsberg and Victor Green of Class Act Sports, Mare said it was a win-win situation.
“Absolutely. To do both [golf and raising money for charity] in the same day is pretty good. Anything to support a good friend and a good cause, and to do it back in my hometown makes it even better.”
Mare was born in Hollywood Florida, and attended Syracuse University. He was undrafted but signed with the Giants in 1996. He never played with them, joining the Dolphins the next season.
He currently plays for the Carolina Panthers, and has made 350 of 431 career field goals. Mare also made two Pro Bowls, in 1999 and 2009. He joked that he wouldn’t be kicking any golf balls.
“Offseason. We have new rules. We can’t do it till May, so I am going to take that and just enjoy it and hang out with a bunch of ex-teammates and alumni and just have a good time,” he told Class Act Sports.