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Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen at the Chicago Bears 2007 Training Camp
No. 82     Chicago Bears
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: March 11, 1985 (1985-03-11) (age 24)
Place of birth: Wayne, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Debuted in 2007 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
  • Brian Piccolo Awards (2007)
  • Comcast SportsNet Bears Player of the Year (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2009
Receptions     140
Receiving Yards     1,413
Touchdowns     13
Stats at NFL.com

Gregory Olsen (born March 11, 1985 in Wayne, New Jersey) is an American football tight end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bears 31st overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami.

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Early years

Olsen attended Wayne Hills High School, where he played football under his father Chris Olsen, Sr. As a high school senior he was one of three finalists for the Gatorade Player of the Year award along with former Miami Hurricane teammate Kyle Wright. He was a USA Today First-Team All-American as a senior in 2002. He finished his career with 73 receptions for 1,474 yards, and a school-record 27 touchdowns. [1] He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He also played basketball on a Varsity level for three years.

College career

Olsen originally enrolled at the University of Notre Dame but transferred as a freshman to the University of Miami in 2003. In 2003, Olsen was on the Hurricanes' scout team before suffering a shoulder injury and was redshirted. He became the starter of the Miami Hurricanes in his sophomore season in 2005 after Kevin Everett was drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Bills. In his career he totaled 87 receptions for 1215 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

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Controversy

Olsen was one of the players that participated in the University of Miami's rap group, the 7th Floor Crew, under the pseudonym G-Reg. Many media sources ridiculed Olsen for his involvement in the group, which earned national notoriety for their sexually explicit and vulgar lyrics.[2][3] Olsen addressed the media about the issue almost a week after the draft. He apologized for his actions and claimed he had moved on.[4]

Professional career

Greg Olsen runs a route before a game in 2008.

The Chicago Bears selected Olsen as the thirty-first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a five-year contract with the team on July 3, which made him the first of the draft's top sixty-four picks to come to terms with their team.[5] Olsen sustained a knee injury during the Bears' final preseason game in 2007,[6] and consequently, he missed the team's first two games whilst recovering.[6] He made his NFL Debut on September 23, 2007 against the Dallas Cowboys, and caught two passes for twenty-eight yards.[7] Olsen caught his first touchdown two weeks later, during a week five match-up against the Green Bay Packers.[8] Olsen finished the season with 39 receptions for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Olsen saw his playing time increase during his second season. He started 7 of 16 games, making 54 receptions for 574 yards and five touchdowns. He lead the team in receiving touchdowns, while finishing second in receptions and receiving yards.[9] Olsen was selected as a second alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl.[10] Chicago's Comcast SportsNet named Olsen the Bears Player of the Year.[11]

Personal life

Olsen's older brother, Chris Jr., played quarterback for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.[12] His brother also tried out for a spot on the Bears' roster, during their rookie mini-camp in May 2007, but was not offered a contract.[13]

References

  1. ^ Greg Olsen profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 24, 2007.
  2. ^ Tremendous Upside Potential, Greg Olsen Is A Great Rapper Retrieved on May 4, 2007
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune, Olsen: Bad rap shouldn’t give me a bad rep Retrieved on May 4, 2007
  4. ^ WFLD Fox Chicago, Fox News at Nine, May 4, 2007
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry, Bears first NFL team to sign first-round draft pick (July 3, 2007), chicagobears.com, Retrieved on July 4, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Mayer, Larry, Back on practice field, Olsen hopes to play Sunday (September 12, 2007), chicagobears.com, Retrieved on September 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Seligman, Andrew, Dallas 34, Chicago 10 (September 24, 2007), Yahoo! Sports, Retrieved on September 26, 2007.
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry, Bears turn to tight ends to give offense a boost (October 8, 2007), chicagobears.com, Retrieved on October 8, 2007.
  9. ^ "2008 Chicago Bears". pro-football-reference.com. 2008. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi/2008.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04.  
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (2008-12-16). "Veteran linebacker Briggs voted to fourth straight Pro Bowl". chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=5459. Retrieved 2009-01-04.  
  11. ^ Mayer, Larry (2009-01-28). "Olsen to be feted at annual Comcast sports awards". chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=5555. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  
  12. ^ Chicago Sun-Times, Olsen, Miller best picks of mediocre lot Retrieved on May 4, 2007
  13. ^ Chicagobears.com, Who schedules preseason opponents? Retrieved on May 12, 2007

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cedric Benson (2005)
Bears 1st round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Chris Williams

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