The week before the NFL season begins is often the time fringe players make or are released from their respective teams. Jack Nicklaus’ grandson, Nick O’Leary, was one notable cut from the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.
O’Leary was a college standout at Florida State who the Bills drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In four years at Florida State, O’Leary totaled 114 receptions, 1,591 yards and 17 touchdowns playing in 51 total games. He was rewarded for his stellar senior season in 2014 with the John Mackey Award (given to the nation’s best tight end) and was a consensus All-American.
In his grandson’s career, Nicklaus only missed one game, and only then it was because two other grandsons were playing in their final high school football game. He sits in a skybox at home games with his son, Steve, who played at Florida State in the 1980s.
In a MMQB.com story earlier this year, Nan O’Leary, Jack’s daughter, said, “I think it took four years at Florida State before we’d go through a game when the commentator didn’t mention who his grandfather was. And obviously, it’s a wonderful thing, and it’s positive. But people used to say, ‘Oh, well he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.’ Nick is the one out there on the field. My dad is not out there catching. My dad is not out there running. Nick is doing it. That’s probably one of the things that drives me the most crazy.”