How Is Greg Olsen Related To Merlin Olsen? Fans Confuse Them As Father And Son

Greg Olsen, an American football sportscaster and former tight end in the National Football League (NFL), enjoyed a notable 14-season career. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Olsen later played for the Carolina Panthers, earning three Pro Bowl selections and becoming the first tight end with over 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons.

In 2020, Olsen concluded his football career with the Seattle Seahawks. Transitioning into commentary, he began providing variety commentary during bye weeks, eventually joining Kevin Burkhardt as a full-time variety reporter in 2021.

Despite shared last names and professional similarities, Greg Olsen and NFL legend Merlin Olsen are not related by blood. While Merlin hailed from Utah, born to Lynn Jay Olsen and Merle Barrus, Greg was born to Susan and Chris Olsen Sr., raised in New Jersey alongside his brothers, Kevin and Chris Jr.

Greg’s parents, particularly his father, played a pivotal role in his development as a football and basketball coach. In 2009, Greg founded the Greg Olsen Foundation, focusing on cancer research, inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer.

Married to Kara Dooley since 2009, the couple met during their freshman year at the University of Miami and have three children: Tate Christian, Talbot, and Trent. Trent, born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, underwent a successful heart transplant in 2021. The couple generously donated $2.5 million to the pediatric healthcare community.

As of recent information, Greg Olsen’s estimated net worth stands at $16 million, accumulated through his football career and subsequent ventures in sportscasting. He played for the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2010 and then for the Carolina Panthers, securing various accolades, including Pro Bowl selections and a NFC Championship in 2015. Olsen signed a $22.5 million, three-year contract with the Panthers in 2015.

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