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USA Rugby made offer to Tim Tebow

Sep 5, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

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Tim Tebow said thanks, but no thanks, to USA Rugby.

The out-of-work NFL quarterback was offered to switch sports, according to Peter King on NBC.

It was a good idea because it wouldn’t be much of a stretch for Tebow to play rugby. He’s a tough, bruising player who also batted cleanup as an outfielder and started in the frontcourt for the basketball team at (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) Nease High School.

USA Rugby’s star is a former Division II college football player, Carlin Isles. America’s most famous rugby player is probably Maurice Clarett, the former embattled Ohio State running back who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 national title.

Rugby sevens will debut at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, when Tebow will turn 29 years old. Just something to think about.

USA Rugby’s CEO tweeted this last week:

Then, Melville retweeted this:

U.S. Olympian on ‘The Biggest Loser’

  1. RugbyAmerica - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Sorry, but Maurice Clarett is not USA Rugby’s most famous player. To name him so, shows a lack of knowledge of the sport. In fact, the guy never played any rugby. He didn’t even make it through a full practice. It was a publicity stunt to get his name back into the media in order to promote his speaking engagements.

    He hasn’t played one minute of competitive rugby, let alone put in a body of work in order to be labeled USA’s most famous player. His chances of making the USA’s Olympic squad was beyond slim at best. He knew that, but milked the opportunity in the media anyways.

    As for Tebow? He has the natural athletic tools and a uncanny ability to get the job done. He’d do well in rugby. His body type is most suited to 15s than 7s though.

  2. okanec - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I get that you are just trying to call attention to Rugby 7s in the Olympics through any means possible, but why would a NFL player who bounced around between the idea of playing arena football to playing in Europe to most recently saying he was going to play rugby NEVER to follow through with any of them, be our most famous player…

    Perhaps the statement “Clarett is not the first former NFL player to make a run at rugby, but he’s certainly the most famous.” from RugbyMag.com on the event better expresses your sentiment. I agree he may be the most high profile person to play rugby, but instead you said “America’s most famous rugby player” a statement for which he does not even make the most basic of requirements being as he is NOT a rugby player.

    To make things worse, when said in this context “USA Rugby’s star is a former Division II college football player, Carlin Isles. America’s most famous rugby player is probably Maurice Clarett” you make it sound like he is ON the USA team, when in reality he showed up to the training camp THIS may having only ever played one partial exhibition game in his life.

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