Greg Olsen will be in Minnesota as a TV analyst for the second time this season. Olsen will join ESPN’s NFL Countdown show for the Super Bowl, as reported by the Charlotte Observer.
Olsen will serve as an analyst on the four-hour pre-game show, from 10a-2p ET, with Suzy Kolber, Steve Young and several ESPN reporters live from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
During week 11 of the NFL season, Olsen joined Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver on Fox’s broadcast of the Vikings Rams game, also from U.S. Bank Stadium. Still an active member of the Panthers, the broadcast came during Carolina’s bye week while Olsen was also on injured reserve.
Although the Vikings were unhappy with Fox letting Olsen in the booth, concerned he would gain an unfair advantage for their matchup against the Panthers later in the season, Olsen’s debut as an analyst was a success. Olsen drew rave reviews as he sounded poised and polished while providing unique insight.
“Greg is a great player who knows the game and how to share his insight with fans,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said. “We were particularly drawn to him for Super Bowl because this game features two of the best tight ends in football with Rob Gronkowski and Zach Ertz. Greg is the perfect person to talk about the importance of the Patriots and Eagles’ tight ends, while also sharing his own experiences of playing in the Super Bowl. We are excited to have him on our set.”