Florida State tight end on being Jack Nicklaus’ grandson: No big deal

Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary
(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Hey, in case you’ve been on Mars and have not heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O’Leary is the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus.

“I mean, it’s just like anything else,” O’Leary said Friday. “Just he played golf for a living.”

Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living.

O’Leary, at 6-3 and 248 pounds, is much bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles’ run to Monday’s last BCS title game at the Rose Bowl.


O’Leary has 33 catches this season for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s averaging 16.9 yards per catch.

Tidbit: Unlike most receivers and golfers, O’Leary does not wear gloves. He said he and Grandpa Jack rarely talk shop when they are together.

“He doesn’t like to talk about his life or he doesn’t like to talk about how I’m doing in football,” O’Leary said. “He just wants me to do what I have to do.”

O’Leary would probably get better feel for Nicklaus’ career by watching the Golf Channel.

Nick was born in 1992, six years after Jack won his last professional major at the Masters.


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