There are few people having as much fun this offseason as Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. After the Panthers lost in Super Bowl 50, Olsen didn't go into hibernation. Instead, he shaved off his beard and started embracing his time off. The tight end did everything from hitting the links with teammate Luke Kuechly to working as a NASCAR pit crew member. He even took a page out of LeBron James' book and shared the screen with comedian Amy Schumer.
Let's take a look at all the ways Olsen is doing the offseason the right way.
Teeing off with the PGA
Olsen spent some time on the golf course, playing a round at the Wells Fargo Pro-Am at Quail Hollow Club with Kuechly -- who was caddie for the day -- and Panthers fan and PGA golfer Johnson Wagner. Surrounded by fans a few feet from where he was playing, it was a much different environment than Olsen is used to, and he quickly realized he's not ready for the tour anytime soon, telling ESPN, "I'll stick to football."
Kuechly took his job seriously, but admitted to ESPN that he wasn't a very good at being a caddie. "Carrying a bag, that is not easy. That thing is heavy, and you're picking it up, putting it down, making sure Greg has everything he needed. I probably didn't do a great job of that."
Wagner didn't disagree, though he made sure to give them both a shout-out on Twitter.
Trying his hand at acting
His next stop was on Comedy Central, where he joined Washington tight end Vernon Davis, Jets fullback Tommy Bohanon and former Giant Michael Strahan on Inside Amy Schumer.
In a send-up of fantasy football folks who tend to be harsh to the players on their rosters, the NFLers sat in a bar trashing normal people doing mundane things.
Olsen lamented, "I don't know why I do this to myself" after his guy bought an extended warranty from Davis' man.
In the four-minute skit, Olsen showed off good comedic chops -- and a little NSFW language.
The HEARTest Yard 5K
Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation hosted its first annual 5K walk/run on May 21. The race was part of Olsen's The HEARTest Yard program, which supports those affected by various cardiovascular diseases, like his son T.J. The program provides families of babies with congenital heart disease with necessary services including in-home, private nursing care, physical therapy and speech therapy.
Spending some time in the pit
Olsen, a noted NASCAR fan, was involved in this year's Sprint All-Star Race as the honorary pace car driver. During his instructional ride with racer Matt DiBenedetto, there was a miscommunication and a gate was left open, forcing DiBenedetto to swerve to miss it at 100 mph (yikes!). Olsen made it out unscathed and was excited to participate in the weekend's activities, including pit crew duties and mingling with drivers.
One of Olsen's duties included doing a random draw to determine how many cars would have to pit prior to the final segment of the race. This was a completely new format for the All-Star race and seemingly confused everyone, even the drivers. It also meant that Olsen's role of randomly choosing a number that determined how many cars had to make pit stops ended up having a pretty big impact on the result -- even if no one can really explain how.
Not throwing away his shot
It's not all sports and television, though. The Carolina tight end also made some time for a little culture, and took in the Tony Award-nominated play Hamilton. Olsen and teammate Ryan Kalil were determined to spend their holiday weekend in New York seeing the hottest show on Broadway, but tickets to see the Pulitzer Prize-winner are hard to come by.
The football players didn't have much pull and had to buy tickets on TicketMaster just like everyone else. But unlike most people, Olsen and Kalil got to meet with Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda (and Clippers forward Blake Griffin):
3 out of 4 of these guys play sportsball. 1 plays Zelda. pic.twitter.com/Dihkehwd3i— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 29, 2016
"Worth every penny. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had and those people are incredibly talented," Olsen said afterward. "I’ve seen a lot of Broadway shows and I like them, but this was amazing."
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The tight end is back at the Panthers' facilities this week to participate in OTAs, but it's still early in the summer and it doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon.