The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House on Wednesday, and Ohio State alumnus Nate Ebner was among those to get a shoutout from President Donald Trump.
Ebner, who has ties to the Springfield area, is a special teams standout for the Patriots, but football is not the only game in which he excels.
Here is the exchange thanks to a transcript from the Boston Herald:
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Or Nate Ebner, who played on our Olympic rugby team last summer. Pretty good athlete, right? And in Brazil -- he was in Brazil playing and doing really well, and is an All-Pro special team guy and player. So, Nate, congratulations. Where’s Nate? (Applause.) Which is the tougher sport, Nate, football or rugby?
MR. EBNER: I don’t know. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I had a feeling you might say that. But everyone played a role, and everybody played as champions. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, and it ended with a legendary victory for this proud franchise and for these absolutely terrific players and coaches.
Ebner was a member of the United States Rugby 7s team that competed in the Olympics in Rio last summer.