Greg Olsen scores historic touchdown, receives unexpected hugs in his Seahawks debut


There was hugging in the backfield in the Seattle Seahawks season-opener.

Before Greg Olsen scored the first touchdown of his Seahawks career, the 13-year NFL veteran inadvertently embraced fellow tight end Will Dissly.   

"We had a little mix-up to get out of the huddle, so we had to switch sides, so we added a little shift to the play,” Olsen chuckled. “I guess it looked funnier on TV. It didn’t feel like that big of a deal. I guess on the broadcast it seemed like we had a little moment.”

The special moment was caught on camera, and Olsen’s phone was buzzing.

Olsen’s phone was likely filled with texts from his friends and family, as his score was also the 60th receiving touchdown of his career. Per Pro Football Reference, he became the eighth tight end to score 60+ touchdowns since the NFL merger.

The moment came in the third quarter when Russell Wilson threw a dart to Olsen for the 7-yard touchdown to give Seattle the 28-12 edge in the third quarter.

“I’m glad that first one is kind of behind us,” Olsen said. “There was a lot of uncertainty coming in with the lack of fans and no preseason. I know personally, even though I’ve played for a long time, first time in a new setting, new systems, a lot of new scenarios, playing out in your head leading up to the first game…


“You feel like a rookie again. You have your nerves about whether you can still do this. So, to get that first one under our belt, and score 38…I think for the first game, it was a good start.”  

It was Wilson’s fourth touchdown of the game. Olsen, like many of his Seahawks teammates, we’re impressed by Wilson, who had one of the most productive games of his career, going 31 of 35 for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

“He's just so efficient and so good with his decision-making and accuracy,” Olsen said. “It was cool to see the ball spread around to so many different guys. That puts a lot of pressure on defenses.”  

While Olsen’s time in Seattle is off to a sprawling start, the veteran tight end knows his 1-0 squad still has a bevy of errors to fix before the Patriots head to CenturyLink Field next Sunday.

“We made a lot of mistakes and pre-snap penalties, all sorts of stuff. We have plenty to clean up.”