‘I’m not going to roll over and die’: Greg Olsen comes out fighting in his looming broadcast booth battle with newly-retired Tom Brady at FOX Sports
Greg Olsen isn’t leaving the broadcast booth without a fight as he expects to battle with the newly-retired Tom Brady over his lead analyst role at Fox Sports from 2024.
The former tight-end has officially been with the TV network since retiring at the end of the 2021 season, following his release from the Seattle Seahawks. The 37-year-old started off his new craft alongside Kevin Burkhardt.
After Olsen’s first full-time year in the booth, Fox promoted him, as well as Burkhardt, as the channel’s No. 1 commentating duo prior to the start of last season, replacing Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who left Fox to join ESPN and call Monday Night Football.
The pair were also the broadcast team for Fox’s broadcast of Super Bowl LVII. Since then, Olsen has remained upbeat and defiant regarding his future with the network, regardless of Brady’s anticipated arrival in a year’s time.
‘Tom Brady — I’m sure you all read those new articles last week, you couldn’t escape it,’ the three-time Pro-Bowler said on Wednesday, according to Queen City News.
Greg Olsen (L) isn’t going to step aside for Tom Brady (R) when he joins Fox Sports next year
‘But my answer every time was, ”I have all the respect in the world for Tom Brady.” Who doesn’t, right? He’s the greatest, I get it. I understand why they went after him, but I’m not going to roll over and die.’
‘I’m willing to do what these guys aren’t willing to do. Until they kick me out, I’m gonna sit there and do it. Maybe he does come and take my job one day. I can live with that. I get it.’
‘I understand the rules that we all signed up for. I don’t ask for anybody’s sympathy. It’s been awesome,’ Olsen added from a charity event that supports local children’s hospitals in the surrounding Charlotte area in North Carolina.
The fundraiser was held in honor of February’s Heart Month.
Olsen is widely expected to make room for Brady so that the seven-time Super Bowl champion can be paired with Burkhardt at his expense.
If downgraded to Fox’s No.2 team then the two-time Second-team All-Pro would have to take a $7million pay cut, from $10m to $3m annually, according to The New York Post.
Brady, who retired on February 1, signed a 10-year, $375m deal with Fox Sports in May of last year and revealed his plans to join the network next year.
In January, Olsen publicly acknowledged that his job could be on the line and admitted that it would ‘suck’ if Brady’s arrival would lead to the dissolution of his pairing up with Burkhardt.
Olsen has been with Fox Sports since hanging up his cleats in 2021 and called Super Bowl LVII
‘We all know the reality,’ Olsen said on the ‘Waddle and Silvy’ radio show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. ‘I know what I signed up for this year.
‘My goal — and I said this before the season even started — my goal was to try to do the best job that I could.
‘Give people a fun listen. Give people maybe a little bit of a different perspective and insight into the game. Do the best job that I can.
‘Listen, if Brady ends up retiring and coming, and decides, and that’s how everything unfolds, it sucks. But at the end of the day, I’m a big boy. I know what I signed up for. I took a chance on myself. I rolled the dice. Let’s see how it plays out.’