'All-American' Moment for Kevin Olsen, Family
Wayne Hills quarterback recognized among high school's elite.
Kevin Olsen was enjoying the moment.
Flanked by his parents, the 6-foot-2 star quarterback was honored at Wayne Hills Friday and received his jersey for the 2013 Under Amour All-America Game sponsored by American Family Insurance.
Olsen thanked his parents and teammates, a big smile on his face, was for helping him along the way.
“Without you guys, it’s hard for me to be where I am now,” Olsen said.
Olsen’s father, and coach, Chris seemed to enjoy the moment as much as his son did.
“As the coach of Wayne Hills, obviously I’m very proud whenever any of our players achieves anything of this magnitude,” Olsen said. “As a father, it’s kind of double the pleasure.”
Kevin, the youngest of three brothers, is not the first of the Olsen children Chris has coached. Chris and Greg also played for him. Greg now plays tight end for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Chris agreed with his son and thanked those in the room not named Olsen for their support.
“I think Kevin hit the nail on the head. It’s not about him, it’s about his teammates, particularly the seniors, who have been together since little league football, who have helped him develop into the player that he is and helped us develop into the team that we are,” the coach said. “This is really a feather in the cap of Wayne Hills Football.”
Olsen will follow in his brother Greg’s footsteps and attend the University of Miami in the fall.
Olsen was named one of the best quarterbacks in the country at the Elite 11 quarterback camp earlier this year.
Olsen is currently not playing due to a broken foot he suffered in the Patriots’ season-opener against Northern Highlands.
ESPN ranks Olsen as the fifth-best pocket passer in the country and the No. 65 overall prospect.
Olsen and the Patriots are the subject of "New Jersey's Last Patriot," a documentary produced by MSG Varsity.