Posted: 3:32 pm Friday, April 4th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
After former Dwyer standout and current Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary was involved in his second motorcycle accident in just under a year, Dwyer coach Jack Daniels couldn’t get in touch with him.
“He wouldn’t call me back for two or three days because he’s disappointed in himself,” said Daniels, who finally spoke to O’Leary on Friday. “I think he’s a little embarrassed, but he’s mad that he did this.”
On Wednesday, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told the media that O’Leary is “skinned from head to toe” and has a swollen ankle after a motorcycle accident last weekend. Daniels saw pictures of O’Leary’s injuries and confirmed the news.
“If I showed you pictures of the road rash and the pain that he’s in, I think this is it for him with motorcycles,” Daniels said. “That’s a tough lesson to learn. He’s in a lot of pain.”
The accident comes after a standout junior season. O’Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, had 33 catches for 557 yards and seven touchdowns, and was one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award.
Daniels said O’Leary expects to make a full recovery before the start of fall practice.
“It didn’t happen to him again. He did it to himself again,” Daniels said. “Nick is a free spirit. Unfortunately, he has wrecked a motorcycle twice. After the first one, he was lucky to be alive. The second one, I think he was just goofing around a little bit on a dirt bike. But he’s hurt.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.