Now that Deron Williams is retired from basketball, he has had the opportunity to hone his skills in a different arena, the golf course.

Williams competed in the State Farm Showdown this week, a charity golf tournament hosted by the insurance company’s two biggest endorsers from the world of sports, Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers.

The event, which was held at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Connecticut, benefits charities tied to the causes of the players involved. Each of the players was charged with assembling a squad, and CP3 reached out to his long-time friend, golfing buddy and Team USA teammate D-Will to join his team.

In preparation for the event, the former NBA All-Star and Olympian could be seen hitting the links in recent weeks on his Instagram, and his game looked tournament-ready heading into the competition.


Naturally, the format of this golf showdown was set up to be the NBA against the NFL, with current and former athletes taking part. Paul’s squad was made up of current NBA stars JR Smith, Kyle Korver and Mike Conley, along with former players including Williams, Ray Allen and Michael Finley.

The NFL contingent, apart from Rodgers, included names like Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Adam Thielen, Reggie Bush and Rodney Harrison.

The event, open to the public, was certainly fun for the players and fans alike, but most importantly the event provided a way for the athletes to give back to charitable organizations.

“The State Farm Neighborhood of Good invites people to take action by turning caring into doing. We are proud to be working with Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul as they, along with their Showdown teammates, give back to causes they care most about,” said Patty Morris, Brand Content Director at State Farm.

Paul and Rodgers even tried their hand at each other’s sports, making it look easy and giving the fans more to cheer about.

TNT will be airing an hour-long all-access show on the tournament on August 10 after the conclusion of the second round of the PGA Championship coverage. Tune in to find out how Deron and the rest of the NBA team fared against Rodgers’ NFL squad.