Nate Ebner pursuing another dream with Giants’ support
Last month, New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge told reporters that safety/special teamer Nate Ebner will play for Big Blue in 2021 despite the fact that he’s a free agent.
“We are proud to support Nate in his effort to earn a place on the United States National Rugby team,” Judge said. “This is the second time I have been with Nate while he tries to make the team to represent our country in the Olympics. We know that rugby has been an important part of Nate’s life since he was a young man, and Dave (Gettleman) and I both encouraged him to pursue this opportunity. Nate’s rugby training will keep him in great shape this offseason, and we will stay in touch with him as he goes through the process.”
The Giants haven’t signed Ebner yet because he’s currently trying out for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Rugby team for the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics.
“Joe Judge was there the whole time, he saw me do what I did in ’16 and thankfully I have him around this time and he knew what it did for me as a football player, he knew what it meant to me. When you have that support, it just allows you to confidently go towards what you want to do, and I don’t have to second guess their support or where I stand with them when it is done,” Ebner told Talking Rugby Union.
“Ultimately, I think they like me for who I am and the character that I have and the effort I put towards my job every day and the consistency I bring. Bill [Belichick] respects that, Joe respects that. I think it is the character, it is the work ethic, it is the consistency of who I am.”
With the Giants being maxed out at 90 players on their roster right now, it doesn’t make sense to sign Ebner if he’s not going to be a part of their offseason workouts He will likely have to miss a portion of training camp. Signing him also doesn’t make sense in case he suffers an injury while playing rugby.
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