Unfortunately, football isn't an Olympic sport, but that doesn't mean the Patriots didn't send anybody to Rio. Defensive back and special teams ace Nate Ebner made the Olympic rugby squad, and Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen was a big part of the Opening Ceremonies in Rio.
After a standout collegiate rugby career at Ohio State, Ebner has picked up where he left off for the US National Team. In his first day of action, he scored a try (roughly equivalent to a TD in football) in the USA's 26-0 win over Brazil, and came up with some key tackles in that game and in their 17-14 loss to Brazil (unfortunately, the refs robbed the Americans of a "fumble" call in the final minutes, giving Argentina the lead on a crucial try). In fact, Ebner made Olympic history as the first NFL player to ever compete in a Summer Olympic Games. In addition to performing on the pitch though, Ebner's been having "an experience [he'll] never forget" off it as well. He got to meet Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, and even said hello to a couple Pats fans in Rio!
While Gisele isn't competing at the Olympics, she did play a large role in the Opening Ceremonies last Friday. As a native of Brazil, and a very famous one at that, Bundchen had, as she described it, "a very special moment" to open the Rio Games. Though she retired as a model last year, she walked the catwalk one final time, to the Brazilian folk tune "The Girl from Ipanema." It's unknown if Brady was present to see her, but either way Gisele definitely seems to have enjoyed the experience.
Even though the two are far from their homes in the US, they've both had a great time (as they said themselves). Ebner's teammates have certainly noticed, with Logan Ryan and Danny Amendola tweeting out words of encouragement, and Matthew Slater even wearing Ebner's #43 in practice (as opposed to Slater's usual #18). It's clear that the Patriots are cheering their man on in Rio. And as for Gisele, I'm sure Tom is congratulating her. And with the GOAT cheering you on like that, who else do you really need?
Photos courtesy CBS Boston and The New York Times
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