Nate Ebner's remarkable journey to NFL

Updated: November 15, 2012, 12:34 PM ET
By Kaitee Daley | Special to espnW

Patriots rookie safety Nate Ebner didn't take the traditional route to the NFL. In fact, he never ran one route in high school football.

The quiet, bearded guy with kind, dark eyes and a body built to hit people is still learning the game, with three tackles in his first seven games. But if his past is any indication, it won't be long before he makes an impact.

Ebner took his early love of rugby, a sport his father taught him growing up in Ohio, and translated ...

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