CAREER TRANSACTIONSNate Ebner
was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. SEASONAL REVIEWS 2014 (5/0)
2013 (15/0, 2/0)
- Returned from injury to play a significant role on special teams in the win vs. Denver (11/2).
- Inactive vs. Cincinnati (10/5), at Buffalo (10/12), vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16) and vs. Chicago (10/26) due to injury.
- Recorded one special teams tackle and also played one defensive snap at Kansas City (9/29).
- Played on special teams and as a defensive back in the dime package in the wins at Minnesota (9/14) and vs. Oakland (9/21), posting two solo tackles and three special teams stops.
- Recorded two special teams tackles and also played one defensive snap in the season opener at Miami (9/7).
2012 (15/0, 2/0)
- Played mainly special teams in 15 regular-season games. Registered 11 special teams tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams.
- Saw action in both playoff games.
- Inactive for the season opener at Buffalo (9/8) due to injury.
- Made his first two special teams tackles of the season at Cincinnati (10/13).
- Tied a career-high with four special teams tackles vs. Pittsburgh (11/3).
- Recovered his first career fumble on a muffed punt in overtime vs. Denver (11/24) deep in Broncos territory that led to the game-winning field goal. Also made one special teams tackle.
- Recovered his second fumble in four games after a botched field goal attempt at Miami (12/15). The turnover led to a Patriots touchdown.
- Played mainly on special teams in 15 regular season games, finishing second on the team with 17 special teams tackles.
- Saw limited action in the secondary.
- Appeared in both postseason contests, making one special teams tackle.
- Inactive due to injury vs. Miami (12/30).
- Made his pro debut, making two special teams tackles and played in a reserve role on defense in the win at Tennessee (9/9).
- A world-class rugby player who joined Ohio State as a walk-on in 2009.
- Finished his career at Ohio State on scholarship.
- Voted by his teammates as the team’s most inspirational player and presented with the Bo-Rein Award at the end of the 2011 season.
- Son of Nancy Pritchett and the late Jeff Ebner.
- Majored in Exercise Science.
- 2009 Big Ten all-academic.
- A standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams for rugby from 2006-08.
- In 2006 at age 17, youngest player ever to play in National 7’s.
- MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team.
- Did not play football at Hilliard Davidson High.
- Nate Ebner did not play football in high school, but was a very talented rugby player growing up. He was a standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams from 2006-08 and was MVP pf the Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team. One year later, he walked on to the football team at Ohio State and finished his collegiate career as a scholarship player.