Olkewicz, nicknamed “Olky”, played college football at the University of Maryland where he was team captain and MVP. He signed with the Redskins as a free agent in 1979. He played 150 games in his career, all with the Washington Redskins and finished his career with six interceptions for 76 yards, one touchdown and 12 sacks.
Olkewicz won two Super Bowl Championships with victories over the Miami Dolphins (1982) and the Denver Broncos (1987). He was named the Redskins’ Defensive MVP in 1988. He is one of only five players in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl on their birthday (Super Bowl XVII).
Olkewicz retired in 1989 following the Redskins victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale. Since retirement, he has owned a vending business in Rockville, Maryland called Olkewicz Vending serving the Washington metropolitan area.