82 Days to Miami football: Greg Olsen TE legend

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 30. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Greg Olsen is part of the Miami football legacy that dubbed the Hurricanes tight end U. Olsen is in the top five in receptions and receiving yards for his career among Miami TEs.

Greg Olsen redshirted as a freshman with the Miami football team in 2003 following a shoulder injury. Kellen Winslow Jr. and Kevin Everett were the TEs ahead of Olsen as a true freshman. Olsen caught 16 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman playing behind Everett as a redshirt freshman in 2004.

With Winslow having moved on to the NFL following the 2003 season and Everett after 2004, Olsen became the starting TE in 2005. Olsen had 31 receptions for 451 yards and four TDs in 2005 and added 40 for 489 and one TD in 2006. Olsen finished his Miami career with  87 receptions for 1215 yards and six TDs.

Olsen is fifth all-time among Miami TEs in receptions and fourth in receiving yards. An honorable mention All-ACC as a sophomore and junior, Olsen decided to forego his final season of eligibility for the 2007 NFL Draft. Olsen was selected 31st overall in the first round by the defending NFC Champions Chicago Bears.

Spending the first four years of his career in Chicago, Olsen had 194 receptions for 1,981 yards and 20 TDs with the Bears. Olsen was traded to the Carolina Panthers during the summer of 2011 for a 2012 third-round draft pick. Olsen spent the next nine years with Carolina catching 524 passes for 6,463 yards and 39 TDs.

Over the course of his NFL Career, Olsen has 718 receptions for 8,444 yards and 59 TDs. Olsen was named all-rookie in 2007, has made three Pro Bowls and been named in the NFL top 100 players from 2015-17. After becoming a free agent during the offseason, Olsen signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Olsen is fifth all-time in NFL History among TEs in receptions and receiving yards and eighth all-time among TEs in receiving TDs. The four TEs ahead of Olsen, Tony Gonalez, Antonio Gates and Jason WhittenShannon Sharpe are all or will be, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gates will be eligible in 2023. Witten is active.