On April 25, Dante Olson announced on his Instagram account that he was being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. He announced this following the NFL draft, which took place from April 23-25.
“Since the beginning of my life, my dream has always been to play in the NFL,” Olson said in his Instagram post, “ I couldn’t be more fired up to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles organization.
If he makes it to an NFL game, he will be one of 149 UM football players to play professionally.
Prior to playing at UM, he attended Cascade Christian High School in Medford, Oregon, where he was a four-year letterman. He was also named his team’s defensive player of the year three times in high school.
Olson finished his UM career with 397 total tackles, including 179 tackles in 2019, an FCS high. In 2019, he was given the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given to the defensive player of the year in the FCS.
He was also a STATS FCS All-American and was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. After his senior season at UM, Olson received an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 7.
At the combine, he recorded a vertical jump of 42 inches, the highest of any linebacker at the combine.
“I’ve been able to interact with a ton of different defensive coordinators and personnel guys since the Combine,” Olson told UM Athletics after the combine.
He also boasted a 3.91 GPA while at UM and graduated in December with a degree in Management with a minor in Entertainment Management.