It had to be one of the most memorable golf rounds of Josh Woodrum’s life.
Never mind the score.
Woodrum had just finished the 11th hole at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke on Wednesday when his cellphone started buzzing.
On the other end of the line was a representative of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, Woodrum was in his car on the way to Redskins Park in Ashburn.
Woodrum most recently had played quarterback for the Salt Lake City Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.
“That league just randomly folded out of nowhere,” said Woodrum of the AAF, which filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday and officially ceased all business operations. “I was playing by myself [at Blue Hills] when my agent called me and said the Redskins wanted to sign me if I passed the physical. That was [Thursday morning] and I said, ‘Fine, I’ll be there tonight.’ ”
Woodrum has never played in an NFL game but has spent time in some capacity with six NFL teams — New York Giants, Indianapolis, Chicago, Buffalo, Baltimore and Cleveland.
“I had workouts with the Redskins, once before my rookie year [in 2016] and once last year after I got released from Baltimore. I always thought they had a good feeling about me.”
Alex Smith was Washington’s quarterback before suffering a severe leg injury Nov. 18. Two weeks later his back-up, Colt McCoy, was lost for the year with a knee injury. Smith may miss the 2019 season, while McCoy is expected to be healed and ready.
In March, the Redskins traded for Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum.
“As of right now, I guess I’m third,” said Cave Spring grad Woodrum, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who passed for more than 10,000 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career at Liberty.
“I’m on the team and that’s what really matters. It’s a chance to get more reps.”
Woodrum will turn 27 in November.
“I’m just teeing off,” he said.