Continuing The Tradition

By Adam Caparell - February 22, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS - Six years back, there's a chance Greg Olsen might not be on the road to the NFL. The former Miami TE was well on his way to a celebrated high school career in Wayne Hills, NJ where he won a number of awards, but several schools were looking at Olsen to play defense early in his recruiting years.

During his sophomore and junior season at Wayne Hills HS, Olsen heard from a number of schools who wanted him to play defensive end for them, including the Hurricanes and Nebraska.

But he became too talented to keep on the ball out of his hands and play him on defense. The rest is history.

With his degree in hand, Olsen could be one of the first few TEs selected in April's draft. And he's proud to be carrying on the tradition of successful tight ends from Miami. He may not have anything in common with Jeremy Shockey other than both being Hurricanes, but he figures to be spending the forseeable future playing football on Sundays.

"The tradition of tight ends Miami has produced on the college leve is unmatched," Olsen said.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:11 PM on February 22, 2007

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