Former Yale star running back Tyler Varga trying his hand at Olympic bobsledding

Yale running Tyler Varga, center, celebrates a touchdown against Army during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Yale defeated Army in overtime, 49-43. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Peter Hvizdak)

(WTNH)–Former Yale and Indianapolis Colts running back Tyler Varga was trying out a new career. No, not in the medical field or in banking, like some expected.

He was giving Olympic bobsledding a try.

Varga had been working out with the Canadian National Bobsled team. Originally, he planned on trying to make the team for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He met all of the standards, but put the plans off until maybe 2022. Varga is instead putting all of his focus into his new business back in Ontario, helping athletes achieve their highest level of academic success.

Coach Tony Reno says Varga can do anything he puts his mind to.

“When Ty and I had this conversation, and he was going to get into banking or a job where he had to wear a suit and tie everyday, and then he brought this up, I said, ‘You have to give it a shot man, you can’t go back,'” Reno said. “It would be an amazing honor to be representing your country in the Olympics and I wouldn’t bet against him.”

Varga’s former teammates take on Princeton on Saturday at the Bowl. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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