If Jack and Barbara Nicklaus want to continue to follow their grandson's football exploits, they'd better bundle up. Nick O'Leary was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills.
O'Leary, winner of the John Mackey Award as the nation's top college tight end, played a key role in all four of his seasons at Florida State. He caught 48 passes for 618 yards and six touchdowns as a senior for the Seminoles. The 6-3, 247-pounder played football, basketball, lacrosse and ran track in high school -- but was not on his school's golf team.
Nicklaus was playing a honorary round Saturday at the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational and hadn't commented publicly on his own web site. However, he did provide this quote to the Buffalo News:
"Buffalo is a young, up-and-coming team with a bright future. It should be a good place for Nick.
"Buffalo’s got a tremendous defense; they have made a lot of changes on offense; and Rex Ryan is a players' coach. I tell you one thing, Buffalo got one heck of a football player in Nick. He is a heck of an athlete. He’s a hard worker. He’s got great hands. And he’s a lot faster than he tested, I’m going to promise you that."
Nick's grandparents attended many of his games in Tallahassee. However, Buffalo is quite a different story, especially when the weather turns snowy in upstate New York.