Nick O'Leary, grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and a tight end at Florida State University, has all the promise in the world. He nearly had it all taken away from him after he was involved in a brutal-looking motorcycle crash back in May.
According to Nate Scott of USA Today, the accident—caught on video—happened on May 2. The video shows O'Leary riding his motorcycle down a street before a car suddenly pulls out in front of him. O'Leary smashed into the car and went flying out of the frame of the camera.
Despite the crash looking catastrophic, O'Leary walked away largely unscathed, only needing treatment for minor injuries, according to Scott. He is not currently listed on the Seminoles' injury report, and he is slated to be the team's starting tight end when the season opens on Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh.
O'Leary increased his production as a sophomore last year, registering 21 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He is expected to be an even bigger part of the offense this year, even after quarterback EJ Manuel was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills.
With redshirt freshman Jameis Winston likely to take over as the starting quarterback this season, O'Leary could be a much-needed security blanket. At 6'3", 246 pounds, 2013 could be the year that O'Leary reaches star status.
O'Leary's toughness can never be questioned. He's going to get hit a lot during the upcoming season, but if he was able to walk away from a motorcycle crash that could have very well killed him, then he shouldn't have too much trouble with opposing defenders.
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