'Last Patriot' Shows Rise of Famed Football Family

MSG Varsity's film chronicles the career of Coach Olsen, his son Kevin, the rest of the family and eight Wayne Hills state championships.

It was a red-carpet premiere Thursday night.

Hundreds stepped out to see a documentary about a family whose football roots run deep in the community and whose name is synonymous with state championships.

Part I of MSG Varsity’s first documentary “New Jersey’s Last Patriot” premiered at Clearview Cinemas in the Preakness Mall.

Dozens of Wayne Hills football players, wearing their maroon and white jerseys, coaches, family, and friends attended the screening.

The documentary, the network’s first, chronicled the journey Wayne’s First Family of football has taken together since before Chris Olsen became head coach at Wayne Hills.

The 80-minute film also showcases the recruitment of Kevin Olsen, the Patriots' star quarterback, as he helped his father win a state championship last season.

Part I will premiere Tuesday at 9 p.m. on MSG Varsity. It will be rebroadcast on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m.

Part II will be filmed throughout this football season, the last for Kevin Olsen and his father at Hills.

“We knew this was going to be a special season and a special story. There are not too many other families like the Olsens. They are almost like the Manning family of New Jersey,” said Steve Levy, a former quarterback for Don Bosco Prep and a football analyst for MSG Varsity.

The film begins with Chris Olsen’s story, how he came to coach at Hills, and how he met his wife Sue, a former state-championship winning softball coach. 

“He has that tough way about him, but he is a wonderful family man,” Levy said. “He cares so much about his wife Sue and for his boys. I can really see the love they have for their father too.”

The Olsen football pedigree is chronicled as Christian helped his father succeed at Hills early on, Greg, a nationally ranked tight end who now plays in the NFL, and finally Kevin, who is entering his senior season a top 10 quarterback and trying to help his dad win a ninth state championship.

Christian, Kevin, and Greg told stories of playing their own football games in the house and the fun they had together as brothers with football being the common denominator. 

Christian and Greg are interviewed throughout Part I. They achieved great success while playing for their father. Christian went to play quarterback at the University of Virginia. Greg went to play for the University of Miami. Greg now plays for the Carolina Panthers. Chris is a broker in the freight industry in Chicago.

The film shows how the family has grown closer by navigating some dark valleys together.

Olsen thought about quitting football when Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“She said ‘you’re not going to quit, you can’t quit. You can’t quit on the boys, you can’t quit on me,’” Chris said.

Greg used the experience to create Receptions for Research, a non-profit that provides hospitals, doctors, and researchers with the resources to help those affected with various types of cancer.

Sue would return the favor when she would support her husband as he went through what was maybe his most tumultuous time as head coach last season.

Part I shows the family dealing with the controversy involving the weeks long saga and fallout from an incident last fall. Nine Wayne Hills allegedly assaulted two Wayne Valley High School students after a Halloween part. 

“It became a joke,” Greg said.

The players were suspended for the Patriots’ state championship game last December. The team won the game without them. Kevin threw the game-winning touchdown with three minutes to go.

“I don’t care who isn’t here, I care about who’s here,” Olsen said in an emotional speech to the players before the game. “And I love each one of you.”

The game seemed to be an example of something Sue mentioned earlier in the film.

“I don’t know if there’s anyone who takes a group of kids, and doesn’t have the opportunity to pick them, and does with them what he does with them,” Sue said of her husband.

At one point Chris thoght about retiring last year, but ultimately decided to come back to coach Kevin for his senior season. 

The remainder of Part I focuses one the recruitment process for Kevin.

MSG’s film crew traveled with the nationally ranked signal caller to The University of Miami, Auburn University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina.

Footage of Kevin participating in the Elite 11 quarterback is also in the film.

Kevin said he’s had a positive experience making the film.

“It’s been exciting for a company like MSG to do something on the whole football team with the family,” he said. “This is a special night.”

Kevin said that his father has been instrumental in his growth as a football player.

"Without a doubt, I woudln't be where I am without my dad coaching me," he said.

John Pollara September 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
If you don't care about the language they use, that's your business but I won't put up with it.I don't think you would put up with it from your boss either.I'm sure you never made a mistake at your job.Ask my former boss what his mouth cost him.As I said one more year and farewell coach!
Gordon Rizzuto September 02, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Joe are you kidding me? Did you see the way he talked to his quarterback during the Ramapo vs Wayne Hills game in 2009? That was way out out of line and lots of people saw it. If you learned how to talk to people then there would be no confrontation. And there's a difference between talking to his players and blasting his players. Do you think he would ever talk to Kevin the way he talked to his 2009 QB?
John Pollara September 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM
You hit it Gordon.A while back there was a rule put in place that any cursing would result being ejected.I asked a friend who was a ref but has since retired why nothing was done and you could easily read his lips and he told me he was told to leave it alone.I guess what goes for the goose doesn't go for the gander.
D. Marston September 02, 2012 at 12:50 AM
John if thats the case your friend is a COWARD! If he was a high school official, saw an infraction and CHOSE to ignore it, he is CROOKED! His job is to oversee the game for the fairness, safety and enjoyment of all. Not selectively enforce rules to make his life less stressful.
D. Marston September 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Gordon, don't kid yourself. Any of the Olsen's would be addressed as each of their teammates if they failed to play to their potential.
D. Marston September 02, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Hes a football coach. Not a mentor, role model, disciplinarian, security guard, babysitter, or member of law enforcement. The fact that so many in this town are so intimidated by him is comical. 8 undisciplined children did in one evening what hundreds of scared parents couldn't do through his tenure as coach. Now the very same come on the Patch to let everyone know how tough they are with a "renegade" coach who has been un the district for better than 2 decades. Laughable!
John Pollara September 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Not a mentor or role model! Are you kidding me.Last I heard a teacher is supposed to set an example.If a coach,not olsen called your kid a dyke,gay bird or said he hated f-ing jew;s, what would you do.That's why my son and 3 other kids quit in their jr.year.If you think that that's ok for a teacher/coach to say,brother you need some serious help!
D. Marston September 02, 2012 at 02:06 AM
You let a township employee talk to your son like that and did nothing? Look in the mirror and see who needs help! You, a father taught your son to accept (if true) vile, racist and hate filled speech without holding the township employee to task? I know what I would do, without question.
John Pollara September 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
A letter was sent to athletic director Ascolese by one of the other parents and nothing was done.I confronted him myself and all he was looking for was a fight.I don't go there so just to let you know he's still there
D. Marston September 02, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Sounds like you really put up a furious fight. Since you gave up that fight why don't you just let the blog bashing end as well. If any township employee chose to use hate based speech as you noted the township would be forced to over react to protect the safety of a minor and that coach would be removed. All of this has been done in by 8 kids and their lazy parents, your "piling on" now seems a little sensational. Hopefully in the future any student who feels an employee of the township or BOE is employing such vile and damaging hate speech is not alone and can find an adult to provide assistance and direct them to a helping hand.
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 02:31 AM
i find it mind boggling that there is an article on patch about a teacher who allegedly molested a student and no one comments, yet this article, which is about a coach, his family and a team in town being chronicled in a special for a high school tv station is commented on over and over again. its unreal to me,,,,,,,
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 02:33 AM
ps d marston,,,,,im sure you are a perfect parent,,,,but i doubt you know anything about the parents of the kids involved or how they are dealing with all of this,,,,,i can only hope that you are never faced with a child making a mistake,,,,,
John Pollara September 02, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I'm just happy my kids are out of there and I really don't care what happens in this school system.I'm retired and moving out to a place where were not paying your HERO crazy amounts of money.One more year and he fades into the sunset.
d marston September 02, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Isn't sad that so few so greatly affected so many?
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
what sad is that you think you know everything
d marston September 02, 2012 at 02:56 AM
not everything, just enough
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 02:56 AM
there was no rival player,,,,,
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
im sure you do but if you dont know these parents, please stop,,,,,
d marston September 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
so I should continue then?
Kit Rogers September 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
then you must know me,,,,,i guess we will be talking soon
stewart pidd September 02, 2012 at 03:11 AM
And the Olsen/WHHS apologists rise out of the ground like zombies. Must. Agree. With Olsen. Folks, it's not the wins/losses. It's not the "he turns boys into men.". It's the cocky arrogant sense of entitlement that passes from him to you apologists. Simply put, while he may be a winner in sports, he's a loser in the game called life. May his next career bring him some humility.
John Pollara September 02, 2012 at 03:14 AM
14 minutes to write a poem I think.You better keep your day job if you have one
Joe videodummy September 02, 2012 at 05:10 AM
One thing is certain in Wayne. { Almost all } of our high school principals and vice principals were physical education teachers first, and almost all of them coached after-school sports first, including our Athletic Directors. Even now, most of the NEW high school principals and vice principals are former Gym teachers. Many people didn't know that, but this 'funnel' has been in place for many years, and no one ever questions the genre. This leads me to believe that the community is either very satisfied with the funnel system, never put the pieces together, or doesn't really care about the postions enough to be concerned about who is filling them. My question's are: If so many of our coaches don't care about winning or losing, why do we keep hanging only the banners of our State Champion Winners or Runner-up's on the walls of our Gymnasiums. ? Are we ashamed when our teams don't win ? Are we supposed to be less proud of our team that finishes last, or doesn't win any games during the season ? Did they have less integrety, ambition, or determination as our past "winners" ? If it's okay to lose, how come we don't display a banner on the wall that says " Last year we lost" ? It's all about winning, thats why. Read the writing on the walls. Sports is based on the ability to win over your opponent, if it wasn't, sports would have S.A.T's. Colleges don't want athletes that are "equal", they want athletes that are better. Stop the nonsense.
Gordon Rizzuto September 02, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Hey Joe you see what happened at Penn State? You know how many people hate Paterno because he didn't go to the cops? People do want to win but it shouldn't be at ALL costs. Also like I said if your quarterback is playing bad there are ways to talk to him without cursing a him. Also he should have been suspended indefinitely afetr he threw his clipboard The big baby.
Joe videodummy September 02, 2012 at 07:34 AM
They now make bullet-proof clipboards that act as a mini shield in case your attacked. In the future I see more people holding on to them. They also have www.USTREAM for androids and Iphones. Just sign up and you can go live as you record these incidents of abuse, vulger language, corruption etc. It netcasts the raw media worldwide. This takes away any chance of denial. You can also record any type of sporting event or any other event for that matter and webcast it instantly "for free". No cost to sign up. Archives right to facebook, web page etc. Cool stuff !!! Live streaming is going to be in everything from the classroom to the conference room ( if it's not already). No more he said she said nonsense.
Gordon Rizzuto September 02, 2012 at 08:38 AM
Videodummy your are exactly that a dummy. Also I don't need to record it because everybody knows it happened and Olsen throwing his clip board to this day is still on youtube. Awesome sportsmanship by a "good" Man. The way he talked to his QB and the way he threw his clipboard without thinking it may have hit somebody is Terrible. Somebody like that shouldn't even be coaching.
Hope Daly September 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@stewart pidd. I'm not keeping score, but Olsen has / will have put 3 kids thru college for $0, retire with a fat pension and hang around his famous NFL son's house babysitting the grandkids. I could make the case he's winning in the game called life.
Hope Daly September 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@stewart pidd. I'm not keeping score, but Olsen has / will have put 3 kids thru college for $0, retire with a fat pension and hang around his famous NFL son's house babysitting the grandkids. I could make the case he's winning in the game called life.
John M September 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Great show! Your family was great especially the old video clips. Sue is and should be an inspiration to all women. Most people didnt know the agony of getting and living with cancer. Maybe an asst. coach with the Panthers Chris Sr.? Chris Jr. eating too many fries!
Pat September 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM
' Nine Wayne Hills allegedly assaulted two Wayne Valley High School students' weren't 8 of them found quilty?


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