Veteran guard Benji Olson announces retirement

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Benji Olson was a staple on the Titans' offensive line since 1998. On Thursday, he announced his retirement.

NASHVILLE, TN, March 27, 2008 –** Titans offensive guard Benji Olson announced his retirement today after 10 NFL seasons, all with Tennessee. "He was such a consistent player for us for so long, a player that gave great effort and helped us achieve many great things in his time here," said Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher.  "It is rare in this time to see a player spend his entire career with one team, and Benji was one of the few. We wish him and his family well in their future endeavors."
 
A model of reliability and exceptional play, Olson entered the lineup at right guard in his second season and made all but five starts over the next nine years, including a stretch of 85 consecutive starts from 1999-2004. His years of service to the franchise put him in elite company.  His total of 152 career games ranks eighth overall in franchise history and fourth among offensive lineman, behind only Bruce Matthews (296), Brad Hopkins (194) and Mike Munchak (159). Among NFL interior offensive linemen, only three men played more games than Olson from 1998-2007: Casey Wiegmann, Alan Faneca and Chris Gray.
 
A model of reliability and exceptional play, Olson entered the lineup at right guard in his second season and made all but five starts over the next nine years, including a stretch of 85 consecutive starts from 1999-2004. His years of service to the franchise put him in elite company.  His total of 152 career games ranks eighth overall in franchise history and fourth among offensive lineman, behind only Bruce Matthews (296), Brad Hopkins (194) and Mike Munchak (159). Among NFL interior offensive linemen, only three men played more games than Olson from 1998-2007: Casey Wiegmann, Alan Faneca and Chris Gray.

During Olson's tenure, the offensive line was a hallmark of the Titans' success and helped the team produce seven 1,000-yard seasons by running backs (Eddie George, Chris Brown, Travis Henry and LenDale White), five 3,000-yard passing seasons (Steve McNair), a NFL co-MVP award for Steve McNair in 2003 and a NFL Rookie of the Year honor for Vince Young in 2006. Additionally, in six of Olson's nine years as a starter, the Titans ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for fewest sacks allowed. Olson was a part of five playoff seasons in his 10-year career.

A native of Port Orchard, Wash., Olson was an All-American selection at the University of Washington.  He started 32 games for the Huskies prior to entering the NFL with a year of college eligibility remaining.  The Titans selected him in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft.  Olson and his wife, Tracy, have a four-year-old son, Wyatt, and a two-year-old daughter, Olivia.
 
BENJI OLSON'S CAREER GAMES PLAYED/STARTED
 

YEAR
GP/GS
PLAYOFFS
1998
13/1

1999
16/16
4/4
2000
16/16
1/1
2001
16/16


2002
16/16
2/2
2003
16/16
2/2
2004
15/15


2005
16/16


2006
15/15


2007
13/13
0/0
TOTALS
152/140
9/9

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