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Igor Olshansky

Olshansky before a 2009 game.
No. 99     Dallas Cowboys
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: May 3, 1982 (1982-05-03) (age 27)
Place of birth: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Debuted in 2004 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     179
Sacks     11.0
INTs     1
Stats at

Igor Olshansky (pronounced /oʊlˈʃænski/; born May 3, 1982) is a football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.


Early years

Olshansky was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory where he played basketball until his junior year.

College career

At the University of Oregon, where he majored in psychology, Olshansky was second-team All-Pac-10 as a junior, honorable mention as sophomore, and recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Trophy as the Ducks’ top defensive lineman after his sophomore and junior seasons. He set a team record with a 505-pound bench press. Olshansky left school following his junior season.

Professional career

San Diego Chargers

In the second round (# 35 overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Olshansky out of the University of Oregon. In August 2004, Olshansky and the Chargers agreed on a 6-year contract, with the final year being voidable. The contract called for a $2.25 million signing bonus and had a value of $5.2 million over five years, though the 2008 NFL season.

Olshansky was ejected from a game against the Denver Broncos on November 19, 2006. He punched Broncos center Tom Nalen after what appeared to be Nalen trying to cut block Olshansky on a clock-stopping spike play. Olshansky had recently had knee surgery when Nalen went after Olshansky's knees. Two days later, the NFL fined Nalen $25,000 for the cut block, more than double the $10,000 fine Olshansky received for the punch.[1]

Dallas Cowboys

Olshansky signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on March 6, 2009. The deal was worth $18 million, with $8 million of it guaranteed.[2].


Olshansky is married to the former Liya Rubinshteyn; they live in San Diego, California. Olshansky has many tattoos, including two Stars of David. He is regularly featured in Jewish news publications. During his youth, Olshansky attended the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco, an Orthodox Jewish day school.[3]


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