The Golden Bear has gone garnet and gold. Well, at least in one aspect.
Jack Nicklaus said he would have to root for grandson Nick O’Leary, a tight end for Florida State, if he lines up against Nicklaus’ alma mater Ohio State with college football’s BCS national championship on the line, according to a Palm Beach Post report.
“I’m an Ohio State guy, but blood is thicker than anything else,” Nicklaus said while at a function in Jupiter, Fla., for the Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic. O’Leary is the son of Nicklaus’ daughter Nan.
The starting tight end for the Seminoles, O’Leary has 30 catches this season for 509 yards and seven touchdowns. A junior, he also is a finalist for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end.
Nicklaus won an NCAA individual championship at Ohio State in 1961, turning pro that November and receiving an honorary degree more than a decade later.
Meanwhile, O’Leary is lucky to be playing at all. He was involved in a frightening motorcycle wreck earlier this year (see the video here), recovering from apparently minor injuries to be a key part of the Seminoles offense. Unbeaten FSU must win the ACC title game against Duke this week if they are to advance, while Ohio State must beat Michigan State in the Big Ten championship.