Greg Olsen Retiring After 14 NFL Seasons

by Chris Haney

After playing 14 seasons in the NFL, tight end Greg Olsen announced his retirement and spoke about his future plans as a FOX Sports analyst.

Previous to the NFC Championship, Olsen joined the FOX pregame show. The tight end revealed that he’s hanging up his cleats, but that he still had plans to be involved with football. Olsen accepted a position with FOX Sports to be a future NFL game analyst back in July 2020. The deal guarantees the player a broadcast position after his football career ends, according to a New York Post report.

“After 14 years of playing in this league, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish. Proud of the relationships, everything the game has given me. But sometimes when it’s time, it’s time. My time in the NFL now has come to an end,” Olsen said as he announced his retirement.

The three-time Pro Bowler will now trade the gridiron for the broadcast booth this fall during the 2021-2022 season. The deal with FOX will pair him alongside play-by-play analyst Kevin Burkhardt. The broadcast duo will be the network’s No. 2 analyst team behind FOX’s No. 1 pairing of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

In addition to revealing his retirement, Olsen shared that he’s at peace with his NFL career. He joked that he’s gotten football (as a player) out of his system.

“I’m excited for the next chapter,” he said on the 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.”

Greg Olsen Retires as One of the NFL’s Greatest Tight Ends

After 14 seasons, 199 games, 742 receptions and 60 touchdowns, Greg Olsen is moving onto his next career.

Upon his release from the Carolina Panthers in 2020, many expected the tight end to retire and become a broadcaster. Hence the FOX Sports analyst deal from last summer. However, the Seattle Seahawks tempted Olsen with another chance at making a Super Bowl run. Another injury-plagued year, and Seattle’s subpar play in the second half of the season meant Olsen would miss out once again on a Super Bowl ring.

Before signing with Seattle for one last hurrah, Olsen spent the previous nine seasons with the Panthers. Olsen became a star in Carolina, and was arguably the most consistent pass-catching tight end in the league for multiple seasons. He and quarterback Cam Newton became a formidable threat in the NFL, leading the team to Super Bowl 50. He also became the first tight end in NFL history to have three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2014-16.

The Chicago Bears drafted Olsen with the 31st overall pick in 2007 out of the University of Miami. In 2011, the Bears traded Olsen to the Panthers where his career flourished.

Olsen is Carolina’s all-time leader in receiving yards (6,463), receptions (524) and 100-yard receiving games (10) by a tight end. His 60 touchdown catches rank eighth among all NFL tight ends. He currently ranks fifth in NFL history in receptions (742) and receiving yards (8,683) among tight ends in the Super Bowl era.