Greg Olsen’s NFL journey comes full circle courtesy of Terrence, DK Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks

Let’s take it back to the year 2007.

Apple released the first ever iPhone; the final Harry Potter book was published; Ratatouille and American Gangster hit theaters across the country; Venus Williams won Wimbledon for the fourth time; Being launched the 787; and Greg Olsen entered the NFL. 

Fresh off a three-year career at the University of Miami, Olsen was drafted in the first round (No. 31 overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He spent four seasons in Chicago where he met one veteran offensive lineman that he would never forget: Terrence Metcalf.

If that last name looks familiar, that’s because it should.

Fast forward 14 years to today, and Olsen is now teammates with Terrence’s son, DK Metcalf in Seattle.

Every time someone brings it up, it just reminds me that I am not a spring chicken anymore. I’ve been doing this a long time. I got to catch up with DK’s dad Terrance… just a couple weeks ago. DK and I ran some routes before we started back up and his dad was in town. -- Greg Olsen

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Olsen and Terrence were teammates in Chicago in 2007 and 2008. Both years the Bears failed to make the playoffs but the team finished 9-7 in 2008. Olsen started four games in his rookie campaign. 

I was a young rookie who didn’t know anything and he was the veteran, established offensive lineman and I was just trying to figure out which way to go. Here I am now, playing with his kid. It’s a pretty cool thing. I take some pride in it, knowing it’s not easy to stick around in this league a long time, but it’s definitely a reminder that sometimes it’s hard keeping up with these young guys. — Greg Olsen

Olsen now enters his 14th season in the NFL, which is an uncharacteristic amount of time for a professional football player but something that he takes great pride in. He joins a deep, talented tight end group in Seattle that includes Luke Wilson, Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, and rookies Colby Parkinson, Stephen Sullivan and Tyler Mabry.

In 2019, the 35-year-old recorded these stats as well as two touchdowns with the Carolina Panthers.


The three-time Pro Bowl tight end is ready to make yet another impact in Seattle, but this time with a different Metcalf as a teammate.

Check out more with Olsen in his interview with the NFL Network below: