Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Olkewicz

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Joe Gibbs  who coached the Redskins to three Super Bowls and four NFC Championships in 16 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of Gibbs key players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.  Gibbs had a penchant for getting great play from his men.

Neil “Olky” Olkewicz

Middle linebacker Neil Olkewicz from the University of Maryland signed with the Redskins as a free agent in 1979 and played for 11 seasons. He was a small middle linebacker, known for his work ethic and determination. Olky was always one of the leading tacklers on the team and helped establish the Redskins’ reputation for toughness.