Since 2001, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has showcased the nation's premier high school football talent. The level of play in these games has demanded the absolute highest levels of mental, emotional and physical strengths for those participating. The expansive and continually growing list of prominent alumni featured in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's history stands as proof of this strength and the extraordinary level of competition. Some of the most notable All-American alumni include: Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, 2012 #1 NFL Draft Pick Andrew Luck, Marcus Lattimore and Robert Woods among many more.
As of the start of NFL training camps, there are more than 200 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni on NFL rosters. During the 2012 NFL Draft, 22 U.S. Army All-Americans were selected, including six first round selections. An incredible total of 51 U.S. Army All-Americans have been selected in the past two NFL Drafts. More and more U.S. Army All-Americans enter the NFL each season as the Army All-American Bowl continues to produce some of the game’s brightest stars on its biggest stage.
2003 All-American bowl
Wayne Hills High School | NJ
- Olsen played for his father at Wayne Hills, where he set a school record with 27 career touchdown receptions. Named First-Team All-American after the 2002 season, he was a finalist for the Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
College: University of Miami
- Olsen started 26 games in his three years at Miami and lettered each season. Following an Honorable Mention All-Conference season as a sophomore, Olsen posted 40 catches and grabbed First-Team All-ACC honors as a junior.
NFL: Carolina Panthers, Selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, 1st Round, 31st Overall (Chicago Bears)
- Limited by an injury and a logjam at the tight end position, Olsen still managed to rack up 391 receiving yards as a rookie. A Pro Bowl alternate in 2008, Olsen hauled in 54 passes for 574 yards. Olsen quickly became new quarterback Jay Cutler’s favorite target in Chicago, as the duo hooked up for more than 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons together. 2011 will provide a change of scenery for Olsen, as the Carolina Panthers made him the centerpiece of a trade.