Greg Olsen Biography

( 1985 - )
December 21, 2017
First published on:December 21, 2017
by John Max

Facts of Greg Olsen

Date of Birth: 1985, March 11
Age: 34 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 5 Inch

An American football player Gregory Walter Olsen best known as Greg Olsen is currently playing as football tight end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

Early Life

A native of Wayne, New Jersey, Greg Olsen was born on 11th of March 1985, to Chris Olsen, Sr, and his wife, Sue. His birth sign is Pisces and his birth name is Gregory Walter Olsen. Regarding his nationality, Olsen is an American and he belongs to white ethnicity.

Olsen grew up alongside his two brothers: Chris jr., who played quarterback for the University of Virginia and Kevin, who was recruited heavily by several D1 schools, prior deciding to play at Greg’s alma mater.

School Career

He enrolled at Wayne Hills High School, where he played basketball and football under his father. As a high school senior, Olsen was one of the three finalists for the Gatorade Player of the Year award along with his teammate Kyle Wright.

Olsen finished his high school career with overall 73 receptions for 1,474 yards, and school-record 27 touchdowns.

College Career

At first, Olsen attended the University of Notre Dame but later he was transferred to the University of the Miami as a freshman in 2003. At the time, he was on the Hurricanes’ scout team prior to suffering a shoulder injury and being redshirted.

Throughout his college career, Olsen totaled 87 receptions for 1215 yards along with 6 touchdowns.

Professional Career

Chicago Bears

In the 2007 NFL Draft, Olsen was selected overall 31st in the first round by the Chicago Bears. On 3rd July 2007, Olsen signed his first ever professional contract with Bears agreeing on a 5-year deal. This deal made him the very first play of the drafts top 64 selections to come to term with clubs team.

On 23rd September 2007, Olsen made his NFL Debut against Dallas Cowboys, where he catches 2 passes for 28 yards. Ultimately, he ended the first season with 39 receptions for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns.

His first season’s hard work and passion have paid him well with prestigious awards and titles i.e “Brian Piccola Award” and “PFWA All-Rookie Team”.

Further, he helped the club win their first 2011 playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, catching 3 passes for 113 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers

On 28 July 2011, Olsen was traded to the Caroline Panthers for a 2012 3rd round draft pick. He ended his first season with Carolina Panthers with 45 receptions for 540 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Following his two seasons with the club, Olsen was offered a 3-year extension for a fee of $22.5 million, which includes $12 million signing bonus with an annual salary of $7.5 million.

Throughout his career in Carolina Panthers, he has won several prestigious awards and titles. He took home 3 Pro Bowl awards incessantly in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Further, he won Second-team All-Pro award 2 times, one in 2015 and another in 2016. He was also ranked 67th by his fans on the “NFL Top 100 Players of the 2017” in 2016.

Personal Life

Regarding his relationship status, Greg Olsen is a married man. He tied the wedding knot with his girlfriend Kara on 21st March 2009, in Palm Beach, Florida. The wedding ceremony was royal and was attended by their family members, close friends along with several NFL stars including Devin Hester and Brian Urlacher. The lovebirds met for the first time in 2003 and attended the same University, The University of Miami. Since then the couple started dating each other.

Greg and his wife are proud parents of their children. They welcomed their first son, Tate Christian Olsen in early June of 2011. Similarly, they became the parents for the second time following the birth of their twins Talbot and Trent Jerry on 9th October 2012.

But, Trent was born with a very rare congenital heart condition known as HLHS whereas Tabolt was born normally.

Besides, Olsen is a social worker. In 2009, He founded Receptions For Research named “The Greg Olsen Foundation” which helps fund for cancer research. The inspiration for his foundation is his mother, Sue who is an 11-year cancer survivor. He too organizes “Kicks for a Cure” Kickball Tournament which is the world’s largest kickball tournament.  He donates the money from his charity for cancer research.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Thirty-two years, sportsperson Greg Olsen is a well established professional player. As of 2017, he gets paid $7.5 million per annum as salary from his current club. His estimated net worth is $10 million.

He sold his 6,500 sq. ft house with six bedrooms, eight bathroom masterpiece in Waxhaw for $1,699,950 in 2016. He had bought the house for $1,150,000 back in 2012. Moreover, he also has a The Olsen House in Cushing, Maine.

Olsen has several cars like Wrangler Jeep, Ford, Dodge Ram, 1969 Camaro etc.

 

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