Nate Ebner getting back into rugby
The New York Giants announced on Monday that veteran safety Nate Ebner will try out for the Olympic United States National Rugby Team.
Ebner was on the team for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 during his time with the New England Patriots.
“You’re on a different continent in a country where they don’t even really speak your language,” Ebner said last week, via Giants.com. “We’re in a two-hour opening ceremony where all these countries come through – obviously, the United States is one of the last ones as a ‘U.’ When the United States came out, the roar that I heard in that stadium gave me chills, like nothing I’ve heard before. When you’re in a different hemisphere of the world and they’re cheering for you like that, it shows you what you represent and it’s a lot bigger than you. To be a part of Team USA is extremely special and being from this country and what it means to be an American, and those things really resonated with me in the opening ceremony.”
It sounds like the Giants are ready to support Ebner’s Olympic dreams. He’s currently a free agent, but I think there’s a good chance they will re-sign him after posting this article as a way to show their support.
If Ebner does make the Olympic team, he would only likely have to miss the first week of training camp, so it’s not going to take him away from the team that long.
With football not being an Olympic sport, the closest thing in the Olympic is rugby if people want to participate in anything similar to football on the world stage.
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