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LAS VEGAS – Greg Olsen played tight end in the NFL for 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.
The triple Pro Bowler, who retired after the 2020 season, opened up to Fox News Digital in a recent interview about what he remembered from the time he was selected in the NFL Draft.
The Bears selected Olsen with number 31 in the first round of the 2007 draft. New Jersey natives played college football in Notre Dame. He said what he remembers most is how long the day was.
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“What I remember most was back then, there were 20 minutes between each election. When you are the 31st election, it takes a long time to get from one to 31. It was a long day, almost six hours, five and one. half until I was elected, “he told Fox News Digital.
“It was a long stressful day, so hearing Chicago call my name and realizing that all I had worked for the last few years to get drafted and get a chance to play in the NFL and go to a city like Chicago , who had just come from a Super Bowl appearance a few months earlier, went to a great team, learned a lot, lived in a great city with amazing fans, just the whole idea of knowing that all the work that led up to that, led to the ultimate best – Case scenario was something 15 years later that I still remember. “
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Olsen was the first tight end from the board. He said he thought the New York Jets could have been the landing site for him since he visited the organization before the draft. However, the Jets traded for the Panthers’ number 14 and chose Darrelle Revis.
“I thought the Jets were a real possibility. I took a draft visit there. I thought it was a real possibility. I thought the top 15, they were right on the 15th or so row. What ended up happening there? “was a trade. The Panthers and the Jets actually. The Jets traded out of the 20s and went to 14 and took the Darrelle Revis and the Panthers went back,” he said.
“I did not think I would go to the Giants. They had (Jeremy Shockey). He was one of the best guys in the league at the time, but I thought the Jets were a real option. They ended up taking Darrelle Revis so I think they got it right. “
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Olsen, who currently serves as a FOX NFL broadcaster and recently partnered with Bud Light to offer fans $ 15 million if they could accurately predict the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, had some advice for the young rookies who enters the league.
“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned and the biggest thing I’re telling young guys to come out is not try to read into it. Do not try to predict everything. Do not try to overanalyze every “Every mockery draft, every draft. Do not get caught up in it, because it will drive you crazy,” he said.
“I never met the Bears. I never met Lovie Smith and (then general manager) Jerry Angelo, and they ended up drawing me in the first round. To predict the teams’ behavior… so much is happening behind the scenes and gamemanship and strategy. Do not get entangled in it. Where you go is best for you if it is meant to be and it is meant to be. Once you have been selected, the real work starts now. You must reach to that facility, come with that team and start serving your committee. That’s the real work that these guys have in front of them. “
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The 2022 NFL Draft takes place in Las Vegas from Thursday.