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For the American soccer player, see Ben Olsen.
Ben Olson
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Olson in August 2008
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-02-28) February 28, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Missoula, Montana
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
* USA Today High School All-American (2001)

Benjamen James Olson (born February 28, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at UCLA.

High school careerEdit

Olson played quarterback for Thousand Oaks High School for four years. For three of those years, he played on the varsity team, alongside David Anderson.

Olson was considered the top quarterback prospect[1] and even top high school football recruit in the country[2] following a highly productive senior year in which he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns, earning high school All-American honors in 2001.

College careerEdit

Olson signed with Brigham Young University upon graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in 2002 and redshirted his freshman season. Olson then went on a two-year mission to Canada with the LDS Church.[3]

Olson transferred to UCLA from BYU in 2005, where he spent the year behind senior Drew Olson (no relation) on the depth chart.

Olson played in five games in 2006, completing 63.7% of his passes for 822 yards, 6.63 yards per attempt, 5 TDs and 5 INTs. Olson's season came to an end in the opening moments of his fifth start when he was injured. Though Olson regained his health, he did not regain the starting position that season.

Olson was named starting quarterback for the 2007 Season following the spring training. However, he was plagued, yet again, by injuries and only played in 6 games, completing only 48.3% of his passes for 1040 yards, 7.08 yards per attempt, 7 TDs and 6 INTs.

Entering the 2008 season, Olson was the presumptive starting quarterback after a career-ending knee injury to Patrick Cowan, the named starter during spring practice. However, on Saturday, August 9 Olson broke his foot and was sidelined. Olson, whose career has been marked by injuries, broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice, and X-rays taken Sunday, August 10 revealed the fracture. He suffered the same injury during spring practice. His broken right foot took longer than expected to heal and he finished his college football career without playing a game that year.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Olson went un-drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has since been highly successful as a sales and business development executive.[5]

PersonalEdit

Ben is the son of Rick and Annie Olson[6] and has one brother and three sisters. He married the former Andrea Anderson in May 2007. [7]

ReferencesEdit

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