Olympian says he is ready to rejoin Patriots

Maureen Mullen, Special for USA TODAY Sports
5:15 p.m. EDT August 14, 2016

While there are roughly six billion people on the planet, only one can say he’s won a Super Bowl and played rugby in the Olympics. Meet Nate Ebner.

“Yeah, that is pretty cool,” Ebner said. “I don’t think a lot into that, comparing myself, but I guess when you put it like that it’s pretty neat.”

The New England Patriots special teams standout helped the Team USA Olympic rugby sevens team to a ninth-place finish in Rio. It was the first time rugby sevens was an Olympic sport. The U.S. had wins over Spain and Brazil, with Ebner scoring a try, but lost to Argentina and top-seeded Fiji.

“It was a cool experience,” said Ebner late Saturday, shortly after he arrived back in New England. “The Olympics for what it is, all the different athletes coming in from all over the world, being a part of that.

“I wish we could have done better. We lost two close games to two of the best teams in the world. Fiji won the gold, and Argentina took Great Britain into overtime, and those are the two teams in the finals. We lost nailbiters, but it…

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