Coming out of high school, Sam McGuffie was marveled for his next-level athleticism. He would go on to play both running back and wide receiver at Michigan and Rice, and now he’s one of 15 select men who have been named to the 2015-2016 USA Bobsled National Team roster, as it was announced on Monday.
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Rice’s athletic website issued a release Monday confirming the news.
According to RiceOwls.com, athletes competed in a series of races at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y. in the final step of the selection process to vie for a chance to earn a spot in one of three sleds per discipline this season.
McGuffie is one of six former college and professional athletes who earned a spot as rookies on the team. Joining him on the roster is ex-Virginia RB Hakeem Adbul-Saboor and ex-Oklahoma State WR Nathan Gilsleider.
After concussions derailed his career at Michigan, McGuffie found life swell at Rice, where he racked up 2,299 all-purpose yards and 102 receptions in his time at the Houston school. McGuffie tried his hand with the NFL, serving as a practice-squad player for the Raiders, Cardinals and Patriots, as well as being a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL the last couple of years.