BCS Champion Florida State makes Jack Nicklaus a proud grandfather

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Jack Nicklaus with grandson, Nick O'Leary, who plays tight end for the National Champion Florida State Seminoles.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 | 8:54 a.m.

Jack Nicklaus and wife, Barbara -- along with several other family and friends -- were in attendance for last night's BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., with a very specific rooting interest.

Sure, the Golden Bear is a proud Ohio State University alum, but on Monday night he was a huge Seminole fan. Nicklaus' grandson, Nick O'Leary, is a star tight-end for FSU.

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The proud grandparents took this photo before the game:

Though O'Leary's name didn't show up in the boxscore of FSU's thrilling 34-31 victory over Auburn, there's no denying he played a significant role in helping the Seminoles to a 14-0 record.

During his junior year in 2013-14, O'Leary recorded a 16.1-yard average per catch, which led all major college tight ends in the regular season.

O'Leary is expected to return to FSU for his senior year, unless the NFL Draft Advisory Board suggests he could be a first-round pick.

Should he return to FSU in the fall, reports suggest that O'Leary could be the nation's top-ranked tight end at the start of the 2014 season.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.