Eric Olsen (American football)

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Eric Olsen
Eric Olsen
Olsen in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 69 Tennessee Titans
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-16) June 16, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Staten Island, New York
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Brooklyn (NY) Poly Prep
College: Notre Dame
NFL draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played: 17
Games started: 4
Stats at

Eric Olsen (born June 16, 1988) is an American football center for the Tennessee Titans. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played collegiately for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He has also been a member of the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints.

Early years[edit]

Olsen attended Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was both an offensive tackle as well as an defensive end. At offensive tackle, he was never charged with a sack to his quarterback. As a defensive end, he recorded 53 tackles, 8 sacks and forced 3 fumbles.[1]

College career[edit]

Olsen played in 44 games during his four years at the University of Notre Dame. He started the last 31 of those games. During his junior and senior years combined he only allowed four quarterbacks sacks.[2]

He was also a member of the first Seligman fraternity pledge class at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Olsen continues to be an active brother and attends annual Seligmania events.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 306 lb 5.25 s 1.87 s 3.03 s 4.82 s 7.50 s 29½ in 8 ft 09 in 35 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]
At a game in Denver in September, 2010
Olsen warming up as a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2013

Olsen was projected to be drafted in the fifth or sixth round during the 2010 NFL Draft.[4] He was one of the top performers at the bench press, vertical jump and the 3-cone drill.[5] Olsen was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (183rd overall).[2] He was expected to compete with J.D. Walton for the starting center job for the Broncos.[citation needed] He was waived by the Broncos September 3, 2011.

He spent the 2011 season on Washington's practice squad, then was signed by New Orleans for the 2011 playoffs (although he was inactive in both of the Saints' games). He remained with New Orleans for the 2012 season, playing in all 16 games and starting 4 as a blocking tight end. In 2013 was placed on injured reserve during training camp, and later released. He signed with the Steelers but did not play during the regular season. On April 3, 2014, Olsen signed with the Tennessee Titans, but he was released at the end of training camp.[6]

The Saints brought Olsen back for a second stint with the team on October 22, 2014. He was expected to provide additional depth on the line after an injury to Jonathan Goodwin meant that backup center Tim Lelito would be starting.[7] He was released on November 12, 2014.


Olsen has one brother, Drew, a former safety at Gettysburg College. His father, Andy Olsen, was a New York City firefighter. Just three days before the 9/11 attacks, his father was promoted to Lieutenant. Therefore he was in officer training on September 11, and not with Ladder 80, his firehouse at the time. When his father finally arrived at the World Trade Center site, both towers had already collapsed. A few days later, when he was digging through the rubble, his father found a truck from his firehouse buried and destroyed. None of the firefighters in that particular unit survived .[8]


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Eric Olsen - University of Notre Dame Official Athletics Site". 1988-06-16. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b "– Official Website Of The Denver Broncos". Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Eric Olsen Draft Profile",, retrieved May 4, 2009 
  4. ^ "Draft 2010 Center Draft Prospects". Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  5. ^ " Combine Player Profile: Eric Olsen". Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Eric Olsen released by Tennessee",, August 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Saints bring Eric Olsen back to the team",, October 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Legwold, Jeff (2010-05-03). "Memory of 9/11 hits Broncos rookie 24/7". Retrieved 2010-05-04. 

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