Before Travis Kelce and George Kittle took over the NFL as the top tight ends, Greg Olsen was among the elite tight ends. He was one of the first pass-catching tight ends, helping change that position forever. Olsen should be the conversation for one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history when it’s all said and done.
Olsen’s mix of intelligence and skill is what made him such a nightmare for opposing defenses. When a quarterback talks about having a security blanket, Olsen is who they have in mind. The three-time Pro Bowler will use more of his intelligence and less of his athleticism in his next football endeavor.
Greg Olsen announces his retirement from the NFL
After 14 seasons in the NFL, Greg Olsen announces that his football playing career is over. He is retiring from the NFL, per ESPN. In 2020, he played for the Seattle Seahawks but didn’t contribute much. He caught 24 passes for 239 and one touchdown. He spent most of the year dealing with a torn plantar fascia injury. Despite never winning a Super Bowl, he put together an excellent career.
Olsen was a first-round selection by the Chicago Bears in 2007. After four seasons in Chicago, the Bears traded him to the Carolina Panthers. He spent the majority of his career there and shined as a do it all tight end. He made NFL history, becoming the first tight end to have three straight 1,000 yard seasons, doing so from 2014-2016.
For his career, Olsen caught 742 passes, for 8,683 yards and 60 touchdowns. He owns the Panther franchise records for receiving yards (6,463), receptions (524), and 100-yard games (10) by a tight end per ESPN. He ranks eighth among tight ends in league history with 60 touchdowns.
When it’s time, it’s time, and my time in the NFL now has come to an end. I’m excited for the next chapter. … I’ve got it all out of my system. … To the countless teammates, coaches, and staff members in Chicago, Seattle, and especially Carolina, I thank you. You molded and shaped me into the player and person I am today,” said Olsen during FOX’s pregame show, per ESPN.
Greg Olsen is stepping into the broadcast booth
He might not be on the field anymore, but Greg Olsen isn’t going that far away from the gridiron. Moving up to the broadcast booth, he will be joining Fox Sports as an NFL analyst for next season. He signed the contract with them in the summer and was going to call games this past year if he didn’t sign with the Seahawks.
Olsen will join Kevin Burkhardt in the booth, calling NFL games. He does have some experience in the booth, calling a New York Giants game last season. Burkhardt and Olsen worked together when the XFL was active, being the broadcasting team for those games. He is going to become Fox’s No. 2 NFL analyst, per the ESPN report. The longtime tight end is still going to be in the limelight with his post-NFL plans.
Olsen isn’t the only NFL player who will be switching from shoulder pads to a microphone this offseason. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is also expected to become a football analyst soon. It is widely believed that he played his last season in the NFL and will retire in the offseason. He already inked a deal with NBC Sports to become a football analyst; they are just waiting for him to walk away from the game. Both players have the charisma and intelligence to become great broadcasters.
Panthers and Seahawks thank Greg Olsen
His talents on the field made Greg Olsen the three-time Pro Bowler and Carolina’s all-time receiving yards leader. However, it was his personality and character that his coaches and teammates appreciate about him. His fun-loving personality is what made him stand out, making the game fun for himself and his teammates.
Both the Seahawks and Panthers showed their appreciation for Olsen’s incredible career. Both teams posted on their Twitter accounts, thanking the 14-year tight end for everything he did during his career. The Bears haven’t posted anything about his retirement or wishing him well. That is interesting, but Chicago should have something out recognizing the tight end soon.
Walking away from the game, Olsen still wishes he had one thing: a Super Bowl ring. “try to not look back and have regrets. I have so much I am proud of over my career. But as I look back on my career, I have two. I regret never reaching the top of the mountain. I regret walking off the field under the weight of confetti, but realizing our dream came up short,” Olsen said.
After an excellent career, Greg Olsen is walking away from the gridiron. He isn’t going far, though, only up to the broadcast booth for Fox Sports. He will leave as one of the tight ends who transformed the position into what it is today. He will continue to flex his football muscles with Kevin Burkhardt as a football analyst.
All stats courtesy of ESPN