Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly spends his off-season drag racing


Over the course of a calendar year, the month of May is essentially the only downtime a college football player gets. Falls are reserved for game days and prep, which immediately roll into bowl season and winter workouts, which becomes spring ball, and eventually summer camp. Therefore, it’s these pristine few days in May where a college football player gets to kick his feet back and relax.

And across the sport, different players use their free time in completely different ways.

Last year, several of USC’s players used the month off to take a mission trip down to Haiti, while in 2013, A.J. McCarron and Johnny Manziel are planning a trip of their own, of the “bro” variety. Things aren’t nearly as exciting at Texas Tech where new head coach Kliff Kingsbury isn’t worried about his players escaping to tropical locales, as much as he’s just terrified that they’re going to get fat during their downtime.

Then there’s the story of Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who is using the off-time to pursue the most unique of hobbies: Drag racing. Apparently Kelly has been doing it since he was a middle schooler, and it’s a passion which is shared across his family; Kelly’s stepfather races against him.  

Either way, in these slow spring months, the Pac-12 Network has been nice enough to provide a video of Kelly in the midst of all his drag racing excellence.

Admittedly I’m a bit of a novice to the sport myself.

But crap, if you’ve only got one month a year to enjoy yourself, well, there are definitely worse ways to spend your free time.  

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