Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Nate Ebner (34) leads the Ohio State Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game between Toledo and Ohio State at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Toledo 27-22.

Nate Ebner gets President Trump shoutout as Patriots visit White House

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.  

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