Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said watching his grandson play for the Bills the past few years was one of the reasons he was excited to help design a new golf course near South Park and improve the one at Delaware Park.
So golf enthusiasts got nervous when they spotted a certain tight end on the Bills waiver wire just before the start of the season.
Nick O'Leary, Nicklaus' grandson and a sixth-round draft choice out of Florida State in 2015, had been cut. He played parts of three seasons for the Bills, catching 32 passes in 35 games with two touchdowns.
Fortunately, Nicklaus hasn't put Buffalo on his cut list.
"They have to do what they have to do," a measured Nicklaus said of the Bills during his visit to our city Monday. "But I felt bad for Nick. He's a good kid. Never causes anybody any trouble, never mouths off, just goes out and plays. That's why I felt so bad."
At a news conference, someone shouted, "You never know — he could be back."
"I don't think he wants to come back, and I don't blame him," Nicklaus replied.
On Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins signed O'Leary to its practice squad.
That could be good news for South Florida's football fans and golf enthusiasts.