Johnny Olszewski
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Olszewski c. 1959
No. 33, 36, 0
Personal information
Born:(1929-12-21)December 21, 1929
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died:December 8, 1996(1996-12-08) (aged 66)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Anthony
(Long Beach, CA)
NFL draft:1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,320
Rushing average:4
Rushing touchdowns:16
Receiving yards:988
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at · PFR

John Peter Olszewski (December 21, 1929 – December 8, 1996) was an American football fullback. He was drafted in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft and played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals, the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1953 and 1955 seasons.[1][2] Known as "Johnny O", he was among the first NFL players to wear the jersey number zero.

He concluded his career in the American Football League (AFL) with the Denver Broncos in 1962.

He played college football for the California Golden Bears, where he was named second-team All-American in 1952. He is still the No. 10 ground-gainer in school history with 2,504 yards.[citation needed]

He was inducted into the California Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.[3]

He is buried at All Souls cemetery in Long Beach.

See also


  1. ^ "1953 NFL Pro Bowlers". Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  2. ^ "1955 NFL Pro Bowlers". Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  3. ^ "Johnny Olszewski (1993) - California Athletics Hall of Fame". California Golden Bears Athletics. Retrieved 2023-09-21.