|Date of birth||23 April 1942|
|Original team(s)||Old Scotch|
|Height/Weight||187 cm / 89 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1969 season.
Olsson was a ruck-rover for Hawthorn but when he started his career he played as a half forward as well as on the half back flanks. He was a member of the Hawthorn side which lost the 1963 Grand Final to Geelong, the club he would later coach.
He spent the early 1970s in Tasmania as playing coach of Sandy Bay. In what would be the club's strongest era he steered them to the 1971 and 1972 TFL premierships and to another Grand Final in 1973, which they lost despite winning 20 consecutive games that year. As a player he also had success and was a William Leitch Medalist in both 1971 and 1973.
In 1976 Olsson returned to the VFL and he coached Geelong for four seasons, twice making the finals.
- Rodney Olsson's statistics from AFL Tables
- Coaching record
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.