HOUSTON — Over the course of the past century, there have been dozens of NFL players who have competed in the Olympic Games, with varying levels of success.Bob Hayes, a Pro Football Hall of Famer regarded by many to be one of the fastest humans of all time, is the only person to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring. Michael Carter took silver in the shot put in Los Angeles in 1984, then went on to become one of the best nose tackles in the NFL, where he won three championships with the 49ers. (His daughter, Michelle, won gold in the same event in Rio.) Herschel Walker was part of the U.S. bobsled team at the 1992 Winter Games in France.No one has had a year quite like Patriots safety Nate Ebner, who competed with the U.S. rugby sevens team last summer in Brazil, then returned to New England and reached a Super Bowl — the second of his career — six months later. And while the experience has been exhausting, it’s one Ebner wouldn’t change for a second.“You can train for years to accomplish the goal of competing in the Olympics, so just to be… Read full this story
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