- Date of Birth:
- March 11, 1985
- 6' 5"
Greg Olsen (born in Paterson, New Jersey on March 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. Greg was an athlete in high school, competing in both football and basketball. As a high school senior he was one of three finalists for the Gatorade Player of the Year award. He was also deemed a First-Team All-American as a senior in 2002 by USA Today. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Greg was listed as the No. 2 tight end in the nation in 2003. His college career started at the University of Miami after transferring from Notre Dame in 2003. In 2007 he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of that year’s NFL Draft. Greg helped the Bears win their first 2011 playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, catching three passes for 113 yards and one touchdown, but in 2011 he was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a 2012 third round draft pick. During the 2015 season Greg set Panthers records for career receiving yards and receptions for a tight end. In February 2016, Greg and his team headed to Super Bowl 50 going head-to-head against the Denver Broncos.
Best Known For:
Greg Olsen is best known for being an NFL player and for participating in Super Bowl 50.
Greg Olsen and his wife, Kara Dooley, married in 2009 and welcomed their first son, Tate Christian Olsen, in early June 2011. In April 2012, Greg announced that they were expecting twins. On October 9, 2012, twins Talbot and T.J. (Trent Jerry) were born. Unfortunately T.J. was born with a very rare congenital heart condition known as Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS. Today the family helps other families who have children with HLHS.