Patriots’ Nate Ebner sets sights on another Olympic journey

How about this? Three Super Bowl titles in the bag and two Olympic Games appearances. This is what Nate Ebner could end up with if he is successful in his second Olympic rugby sevens bid in 2020.

The first half of it was successfully completed when Ebner featured in the New England Patriots’ win over the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday to win his third Super Bowl title, adding to the previously won titles with the Patriots in 2015 and 2017.

Now the New England safety has set his sights on 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and repeating his history-making appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he became the first active NFL player to feature at the Olympic Games.

“I’ll play again, whether its another Olympics or if it is playing with the B-side men’s team in Columbus Ohio,” the 30-year-old told New England Sports Network, not discounting a return to rugby sevens.

“I’ll play for sure. It’s like guys are going to play pick-up basketball, I would just play rugby. That’s just what I grew up doing, and that’s what I will do, for sure. But at what level, I can’t say for certain,” Ebner added.

When Ebner was 17, he became the youngest player to ever play on the United States national rugby sevens team. Ebner was drafted by the Patriots in 2012. And when possible, he has shared his passion for sport between both codes.

When the American Eagles won gold at the Las Vegas leg of the series in March, 2018, Ebner joined the team on the field for the trophy presentation. Many of Ebner’s 2016 Olympic teammates, including former NFL prospects Perry Baker and Carlin Isles, continue to suit up for the national team.

“I try to go to the Vegas tournament when I can. It’s a big stop for the World Series Sevens circuit and it’s great to go back and see the guys that I spent six months grinding with in a brotherhood [for Rio Olympics]. They are always going to be my brothers. They’ve finished in the final in all four legs of the World Series this year, so they’re balling,” Ebner said.

“I stay in contact with them, and they stay in contact with me. But other than that, we’re so busy that there’s not a whole lot of playing I get to do with them. But what the future holds, who knows,” he added.

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