Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return

first_imgMonday Apr 18, 2016 Superbowl winner Nate Ebner scores twice but also gets smashed on rugby return Nate Ebner knows a little something about high pressure environments, so it was no surprise that the Singapore Sevens did little to throw him off his game when he made a return to rugby after so many years out at the highest level. The 2015 Superbowl Champion picked scored a brace, but was also welcomed back with a big hit.Ebner was granted a special release from the New England Patriots – who he signed with for another two years in March – so that he can pursue his dream of playing rugby for his country at the Rio Olympics.He first made the USA Sevens team at the tender age of 17, but later thrived in the NFL, culminating in victory in the Superbowl last year. The rugby dream has always been there though, so he has given it another crack in the hopes of getting a shot at the Olympics.All eyes were on the 27-year-old when the USA took on Portugal, and it was clear that he is capable of the hard graft, as he got himself in good positions to pick up a brace of tries.Crunched Against France however, Ebner was welcomed back to rugby by big Fijian born Virimi Vakatawa, who slammed him to the turf in a crunching tackle.It looked like the only person who bought the dummy as his own teammate.Physically DemandingAlthough he played 15-a-side rugby for the USA at junior level, upon returning to the sport Ebner has seen how physically taxing it can be, especially when playing Sevens. “I would say that rugby sevens training is one of the toughest I’ve ever had to go through.“You don’t get better at it until you push yourself to the point of exhaustion, where instead of resting, you have to keep on working harder. When I’m training for the NFL, I’m used to a lot of heavy lifting, explosive movements and high-effort workouts,” he explained.“But these things are usually done for brief moments. So it’s not as taxing on your body as compared to the shock your nervous system gets [in sevens] when your cardiovascular system is pushed to the limit time and again.“It takes a lot of getting used to, especially for the bigger guys. It’s not fun, but that’s the sacrifice you have to make if you want to play the game at a top level.”From what he has shown so far, he certainly has the ingredients to make it to the Olympics, and while he still has a bit of time to show his talent on the World Sevens Series circuit, his collegiate rugby highlights do a pretty good job of showing off exactly what he has to worldrugby/usasevensADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , Sevens Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more