Jim McMahon can understand if he’s not the most popular person in New England. After all, he’s been part of two Super Bowl championship teams — both at the expense of the Patriots.

Jim McMahon can understand if he’s not the most popular person in New England. After all, he’s been part of two Super Bowl championship teams — both at the expense of the Patriots.

But the former Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers quarterback will look to go long on the fairways rather than on the gridiron when he tees off at Foxwoods’ Lake of Isles golf course Monday and Tuesday.

After all, with New England’s recent success, old wounds have seemed to heal.

“I hosted a golf tournament in Rhode Island three of the last four years and we have a lot of ex-Patriots who play,” McMahon said. “A lot of guys who played in the (1985) Super Bowl. ... A lot of guys come out and support us. They still talk about the game, but (the Patriots) have had a lot of success since we retired.”

Monday featured a Pro-Am and Tuesday is the Big Shots Titans at the Tee long drive competition. The long drive competition is free, open to the public and begins at 10 a.m.

Other celebrities participating in the competition include actor Mark Wahlberg, baseball Hall-of-Famers Jim Rice and Goose Gossage, former Olympian Bruce Jenner and NFL legends Lawrence Taylor, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson and Joe Theismann.

They will be teamed with a professional long-drive golfer.

The competition will appear on Fox Sports in September.

“Just looking at some of the names on the list, I don’t think any of the football players are going to hit it as far as Jim Rice,” McMahon said. “He can move the ball. I played with Lawrence Taylor, Joe Theismann and Marcus and Eric Dickerson and Goose Gossage. I have not played with Mark Wahlberg, but I can’t see any of us getting it past Jimmy. It’s probably going to depend on who our partners are and how many balls we each put into play.”

McMahon began playing golf while in college at Brigham Young University when a roommate turned him on to the sport. But he says he is nowhere near as competitive on the links as he was on the gridiron.

Since retiring from the NFL after the 1996 season, McMahon has spent most of his time working with charitable organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Hope for the Warriors Foundation, which helps wounded service members and their families. The flamboyant McMahon also launched a golf clothing line called Swang Wear. Headbands aren’t part of the collection.

Outside of a few occasions when friends have asked for his assistance, McMahon hasn’t been involved with the NFL.

With all of the high-profile stories, including players carrying guns, strip club fiascoes and drunk-driving deaths, it’s a different world than the one McMahon was part of.

“I don’t remember too many guys getting thrown into jail for homicides and dog fighting and whatever else is going on these days,” he said. “It just doesn’t seem like it either didn’t happen or things have changed.”

The one story that doesn’t seem to go away is Brett Favre’s on-again, off-again retirement. McMahon, who played for Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota, knows a thing or two about the rivalries in the NFC North (formerly Central) Division.

“I advised him a year ago that he should just retire,” McMahon said of Favre. “What’s he playing for? He’s got enough money, he’s going to be a sure Hall-of-Famer and he’s a Green Bay Packer. That’s what I tried to explain to him. I said, ‘Why would you want to screw that up by playing for Minnesota?’ ”

Norwich Bulletin