Big Ten Champion. Super Bowl champion. Olympic rugby champion?
Such could be the path for former Ohio State safety Nate Ebner, who was recently retained for the 2016 season by the New England Patriots (the team that drafted him with a sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft).
Patriots' S Nate Ebner taking leave of absence from team today to begin training for US rugby team and summer Olympics. Returns in Aug.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2016
The Patriots also tweeted out a statement supporting Ebner in his quest.
We are proud to support @Natebner34 in his effort to earn a place on the United States National Rugby team.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 15, 2016
It's possible Ebner is a better rugby player than football player, which should bode well for Ohio State's chances down in Rio de Janeiro this summer: