Greg Olsen is an American football player who made a name for himself in the National Football League (NFL) playing for the Carolina Panthers as a tight end. A league veteran, he made his debut in 2007 for the Chicago Bears and has remained a very important and interesting player in the league ever since. Even though football seems to overshadow every other aspect of his life, there is a lot going on in his personal life.
The biography of Greg Olsen
The Carolina Panthers Tight End was born GregoryWalter Olsen on March 11, 1985, in Wayne, New Jersey, where he also grew up near New Meadowlands Stadium, alongside his siblings Kevin Olsen and Chris Olsen, Jr. who also play football.
Greg started playing soccer since he was just a kid, following in the footsteps of his brother, Chris Olsen, Jr. with the help of their father, who coached him. He went to Wayne Hills High School to continue his education. From there, he moved to the University of Notre Dame before moving on to the University of Miami just days after his brother, Chris, left Notre Dame for the University of Virginia.
When he was in high school, Greg not only excelled in football but also in basketball. Nevertheless, it is football that will become his vocation. After a successful college career, Olsen opted to enter the 2007 NFL Draft, in which he was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round as the 31st overall pick. Shortly after, he signed a five-year contract with the club and made his League debut on 23 September 2007.
He continued to play for the team until 2011 when he was traded to the Carolina Panthers where he has continued to play ever since. In 2018, he received a two-year contract earning him $17.1 million, which could rise to $20.1 million.
While not necessarily the best player on many lists, Greg Olsen will certainly rank No. 1 when the close test unfolds, although not in Jeremy Shockey’s sense. He played in 3 pro tournaments between 2014 and 2016 and second full team pro in 2015 and 2016. On his debut, he received the Brian Piccolo Award and was named the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2007.
Brother, wife and children
As noted, Olsen was raised alongside two brothers who were also involved in football, which represents Greg’s assertion that his family revolves around sports. His older brother, Chris Olsen, Jr. had been playing since childhood because of the influence of their father who was a coach. He also played in college but couldn’t make it to the NFL.
There is also Kevin Olsen who is the youngest of the three brothers and who like the other two have also been involved in the sport throughout his life. A quarter of the Charlotte 49ers at the University of North Carolina, Kevin decided to play in the NFL. However, he now faces a rape case which could see him spend up to 10 years behind bars despite denying the allegation and refusing a plea deal.
For his part, Greg Olsen not only has a successful professional life, but also a good personal life since he is already married. In 2009, he linked up with Kara Dooley, whom he met at the University of Miami when they were both college students.
Two years after becoming husband and wife, Greg and Kara had their first child, Tate Christian Olsen, born in 2011. In her next birth on October 9, 2012, Kara Dooley gave Olsen a set of twins, Talbot and Trent jerry.
The beautiful family now lives in Carolina where The Panthers star continues to play football while Kara Dooley is involved in charity work with the Greg Olsen Foundation, which the NFL star set up in 2009 to raise money and help people suffering from cancer. He founded the foundation because of the experience of his mother, Susan Olsen, who had battled and survived cancer for over a decade now.
Height and width
As you’d expect from a man playing in the NFL, Greg is a good-sized, well-built man. He stands at a massive height of 1.9 m (6 ft 5 in) while his weight is 116 kg (255 lb).