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38. Neal Olkewicz

Undrafted out of the University of Maryland in 1979, Neal Olkewicz signed with the Washington Redskins, making the team. As it turned out, Olkewicz did not just make the roster; he became a starting Linebacker for the Redskins for over a decade.

Olkewicz did not go to the Pro Bowl, but the former Terrapin controlled the middle of the Redskins’ defense.  Playing Middle Linebacker, Olkewicz helped Washington win two Super Bowls and was the team’s Defensive MVP in 1988.  

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent in 1979.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1989 Season.
  • Games Played: 150
  • Notable Statistics:

    137 Games Started
    6 Interceptions
    76 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    15 Fumble Recoveries
    8 Fumble Recovery Yards
    13.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    72 Approximate Value

    *Sacks was not a stat until the 1982 Season but were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XVII & XXII)

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