Greg Olsen had mixed feelings about Terrace Marshall wearing No. 88

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Greg Olsen wore No. 88 during his nine-year career with the Panthers from 2011 to 2019, and with Olsen gone in 2020, the Panthers didn’t give the number to anyone else. But Olsen’s number is not being retired.

Rookie wide receiver Terrace Marshall will wear No. 88 for the Panthers in 2021, and Olsen acknowledged he wasn’t thrilled to know the number would be worn again.

“You know I’ll be honest, I had mixed feelings about it. Donnie [Toner] in the [Panthers’] equipment room texted me and kind of gave me a heads up,” Olsen told the Charlotte Observer. “My whole thing was I didn’t want the kid to feel any pressure from me. That was his number [Marshall wore 88 in college]. That’s what he wanted. I’ve heard he’s a great kid. I don’t have any animosity. I’m glad he’s going to wear it and hopefully he’s a great player. I have no ill will.

“I’ll be honest, though — in the beginning I was like: I don’t know. It seemed kind of quick. But that’s the way it goes. I wish nothing but the best for the kid. I was talking to Coach [Matt] Rhule at a golf outing and said, ‘Hey, I hope he [Marshall] plays well. I hope he does great. Just let him know that there’s a lot of balls that have been caught in that number. So you better go out and catch the ball.'”

Olsen caught 524 passes for 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns while wearing No. 88 for the Panthers.

23 responses to “Greg Olsen had mixed feelings about Terrace Marshall wearing No. 88

  1. I’m sorry, but this isn’t like the Bears handing out #34. Who the heck does Olsen think he is? Was he serious? Lots of people have never heard of him.

  2. I came on here to rip Olsen but I gotta give him credit. Didn’t realize he’s too five in tight end receiving yards all time. Retiring jerseys is kinda lame though.

  3. Last I checked there can be up to 90 players on a preseason roster, and there are 100 numbers that can be issued. There is a good chance that popular numbers – like 88 – would be issued.

    Olson was a good tight end, questionable Hall of Famer. Perhaps member of the team’s hall of fame or ring of honor? Sure. But not someone whose number should be retired.

  4. Heck if Olsen wants his jersey retired then there are plenty in front of him like Ricky Watters. Before you give the down arrow look up his stats and watch how hard that guy ran. FYI I am not a Niner or Eagle fan.

  5. I would guess that most NFL fans couldn’t tell you what number Greg Olsen wore.

  6. The Panthers can make it their prestige receiving number like the Cowboys. The list of Cowboys donning #88 is impressive; Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant. Right now it’s worn by Cee Dee Lamb. Time will tell if he’s worthy.

  7. tazdev says:

    June 29, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Heck if Olsen wants his jersey retired then there are plenty in front of him like Ricky Watters. Before you give the down arrow look up his stats and watch how hard that guy ran. FYI I am not a Niner or Eagle fan.
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    Your talking 2 entirely different things. Not that I agree with him but Olsen is talking about his career with the panthers what he felt he meant to the franchise and the panthers retiring his number. Which organization Watters played for are you comparing? The 3 years he spent in philly? or the 3 productive years of the 4 he spent in Seattle? Or the 3 seasons he had in san fran? None of the 3 was he more than a footnote in their specific franchises history compared to Olsen with the Panthers. Jersey retirement is about comparing their time with a franchise and what they meant to that franchise, afterall you dont see the Falcons retiring Favre’s number 4 do you.

  8. minime says:
    June 29, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Not like olsen was a hall of famer.

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    Seems he thinks he is.

  9. Retiring numbers is generally stupid with maybe a few exceptions: 80 in San Fran, 12 in NE, 9 in NOLA, 4 in Green Bay, 51 and 34 in Chicago. I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting. Even then, just take the number out of circulation for a decade or so and then reissue it.

    I like the Cowboys approach to 88. Or some of the colleges that hand out certain numbers to continue a tradition at a position.

  10. Read the quote not the headline. Olsen literally says “I’m glad he’s going to wear it.” He’s a good dude. He’s just giving his honest human reaction. He says “mixed feelings” not “they should retire my jersey”. I think he was just expecting the 3ish years of jersey suspension that is given to a lot of great but non HOF worthy players.

    Let’s stop with the keyboard courage of taking this as an opportunity to rag on a good person who is giving his honest feedback and then wishing the kid wearing his jersey well.

  11. I detest the new number saga every time a rookie picks the number of some older player.

  12. bryantduhon says:
    June 29, 2021 at 7:56 pm
    Retiring numbers is generally stupid with maybe a few exceptions: 80 in San Fran, 12 in NE, 9 in NOLA, 4 in Green Bay, 51 and 34 in Chicago. I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting. Even then, just take the number out of circulation for a decade or so and then reissue it.
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    As a Giants fan, I would even be fine with someone wearing #56 because it isn’t even the same uniform anymore. And #1 was retired 90 years ago… why?

  13. bkinacti0n says:
    June 29, 2021 at 10:35 pm
    bryantduhon says:
    June 29, 2021 at 7:56 pm
    Retiring numbers is generally stupid with maybe a few exceptions: 80 in San Fran, 12 in NE, 9 in NOLA, 4 in Green Bay, 51 and 34 in Chicago. I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting. Even then, just take the number out of circulation for a decade or so and then reissue it.
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    As a Giants fan, I would even be fine with someone wearing #56 because it isn’t even the same uniform anymore. And #1 was retired 90 years ago… why?

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    In 1935, the Giants made Ray Flaherty (No. 1) the first professional athlete to see his number retired. He played 6 seasons for them 1929, 1931-35, He was an outstanding end with the Giants, being named First-Team All-Pro three times. In 1932, Flaherty led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, yards per reception and yards per game. Flaherty helped lead the Giants to a NFL Championship in 1934.

    Football in the 1930’s was different than it was today…… Players were not highly compensated, and many had jobs in the offseason in order to pay the bills.

  14. Karl Hankton had mixed feelings as well when Greg Olson donned the dueling snowmen after he wore it for 6 seasons.

  15. I don’t think the issue was as much retirement as it was the number was given out so quickly after he left. Many teams wait at least a couple years. Also, it’s kinda hard to fault him for being honest about it.

  16. Olsen had a sneaky good career and prObably deserves to be in the HOF. He’s 5th in receptions and yards for a TE. As far as retiring the number Im good either way

  17. As a Panthers fan, I’m reasonably sure that the team doesn’t officially retire numbers; top players are instead added to the “Ring of Honor” with their names on the upper deck ledge in the stadium. However, I am also pretty sure that the team has yet to reissue Sam Mills’ #51 and he remains the only player honored with a statue on the stadium grounds. I also don’t believe Steve Smith’s #89 has been reissued, but Julius Peppers’ #90 has.

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