Benji Olson

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Benji Olson
No. 75
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-06-05) June 5, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Bremerton, Washington
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Port Orchard (WA) South Kitsap
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 5 / Pick: 139
Debuted in 1998 for the Tennessee Oilers
Last played in 2007 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2007
Games played 152
Games started 140
Fumbles recovered 3
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Benjamin Dempsey Olson (born June 5, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Washington and earned All-American honors. He was originally drafted by the NFL's Tennessee Oilers in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft and played his entire 10-year career with the Tennessee organization.

Early years[edit]

Olson was born in Bremerton, Washington. He attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington, and was a letterman in high school football, wrestling, and track and field for the South Kitsap Wolves. In football, as a senior, he was named as second team All-USA selection by USA Today. In track and field, he placed third at the state championship meet as a junior, and fourth as a senior.

College career[edit]

Olson attended the University of Washington, and played for the at Washington Huskies football team from 1994 to 1997. As junior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at guard; as a senior in 1997, he was a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Professional career[edit]

The Tennessee Oilers selected Olson in the fifth round (139th pick overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft,[1] and he played for the Oilers (later called the Tennessee Titans) from 1998 to 2007. After his rookie season, he started every game in which he played, including a total of 140 of the 152 regular season games in which he appeared. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Olson started, however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.