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Greg Olsen    

Tight End for the Carolina Panthers; Founder of Receptions for Research Foundation

Gregory Olsen is a tight end for the Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami, and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He holds an NFL record as the first tight end in league history to record three consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards.

During his second season with the Bears, he led the team in receiving touchdowns, while finishing second in receptions and receiving yards. Olsen was selected as a second alternate for the 2009 Pro Bowl and Chicago's Comcast SportsNet named Olsen the Bears Player of the Year.

On July 28, 2011, Olsen was traded to the Carolina Panthers for a 2012 third round draft pick. During his first year with Carolina, He caught 45 receptions for 540 yards and five touchdowns.

Through the first six weeks of the 2014 season, Pro Football Focus rated Olsen as the best tight end in pass block efficiency and receiving. Through the first 7 weeks of the season, he led all tight ends in receiving yards with 493, and had recorded at least five catches and 60 yards receiving in all but one game throughout the year. He finished the regular season with a career-high 84 catches, 1,008 receiving yards, as well as 6 touchdowns en route to the Panthers second consecutive NFC South division title. Olsen finished third in the NFL for receptions by a tight end and second for both yards on the season and yards per game. It was Olsen's first 1,000 yard receiving season. For his efforts during the 2014–15 season he was voted to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Playing for Team Carter, Olsen had three receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

During the 2015 season, Olsen set Panthers records for career receiving yards and receptions for a tight end, both were held by former Panther Wesley Walls. During the Panthers' 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints to improve them to 12–0, He caught nine passes for 129 yards and, during the game, passed Walls for most career receptions by a TE in Panthers' history.

Olsen finished the 2015 regular season with 77 receptions with 1,104 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was selected for his second consecutive Pro Bowl and to the AP All-Pro second team. According to PFF, Olsen ranked as the 2nd-best receiving tight-end in the NFL, behind only Rob Gronkowski. He was ranked 38th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

On April 26, 2018, Olsen signed a two-year extension with the Panthers worth $17.1 million with a potential max of $20.1 million.

He also founded Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation whose mission is to provide hospitals, doctors and scholars the resources necessary to enhance the lives of those affected by various forms of cancer and cardiovascular diseases or disorders. They partner with local and national organizations in our pursuit to discover a cure for these debilitating diseases.

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