NFL: Greg Olsen Reveals 8-Year-Old Son Hospitalized with Significant Heart Condition

by Joe Rutland

Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen revealed that his 8-year-old son is dealing with a very serious heart condition.

Olsen, in a series of tweets on Monday, said his son TJ may face the possibility of needing a heart transplant.

“This past week has been exceptionally challenging for our family,” Olsen, who played with Chicago, Carolina, and Seattle in his NFL career, wrote. “As many of you know, our son TJ has faced serious heart issues since birth. TJ has already undergone 3 open heart surgeries and has survived with a modified heart for his first 8 years of life.”

NFL Veteran Says His Family Faces Possible Heart Transplant For Son

“Unfortunately, it seems his heart is reaching its end,” he writes via Twitter. “We are currently working through the process to determine our next steps, which ultimately could lead to a heart transplant”.

“We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received over the years,” Olsen said. He continues, “We have received world class care at Levine Children’s Hospital and we are so appreciative of their amazing team.”

Levine is located in North Carolina. In 2019, Olsen and his wife Kara donated $1.9 million toward building a pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic.

TJ was born with a congenital heart disease, according to an article from TMZ.

In the final tweets, the 14-season NFL star-turned-broadcaster said TJ will keep fighting and thanks to people for their prayers.

Olsen retired from the NFL after the 2020 season with Seattle.

Three-Time Pro Bowl Tight End Gets Ready For New Career At FOX Sports

Greg Olsen, prior to this past NFC Championship game, announced that he’s joining the FOX Sports broadcast booth starting this upcoming NFL season. A three-time Pro Bowl tight end, Olsen will work with play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt.

That will make them FOX Sports’ No. 2 broadcast team for NFL games behind Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

He shared when making his retirement official that he’s at peace with his NFL career.

“I’m excited for the next chapter,” he said on the “NFL on FOX” pregame show. “I’m excited that that chapter involves the FOX family, I’m gonna be working with FOX moving forward in my post-career endeavors. So I’m stepping away, I’m done. I’ve got it all out of my system.”

The NFL veteran will offer his insights to NFC game viewers on FOX Sports.