Neal Olkewicz
No. 52
Personal information
Born: (1957-01-30) January 30, 1957 (age 67)
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Phoenixville
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:150
Games started:137
Player stats at · PFR

Neal T. Olkewicz (born January 30, 1957) is an American former professional football player who spent his entire 11-year career as a linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) from 1979 to 1989. He played college football for the Maryland Terrapins.

Early life

Olkewicz was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and attended Phoenixville High School, where he played football and baseball.[1]

College career

Olkewicz played college football at the University of Maryland from 1975 to 1978. While at Maryland, Olkewicz played in four bowl games - the Gator Bowl, Cotton Bowl, the Hall of Fame Classic, and the Sun Bowl. In 1978, he led the Terrapins' defense by making 188 tackles, a school record that still remains intact.[2]

Professional career

Olkewicz signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 1979. He 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. Olkewicz is one of only five players in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl on his birthday (Super Bowl XVII).[1] He retired in 1989 following the Redskins victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale. He played 150 games in his career and finished with six interceptions for 76 yards, one touchdown and 12 sacks.

After football

Since retirement, Olkewicz has owned a vending business in Rockville, Maryland called Olkewicz Vending serving the Washington metropolitan area. He was inducted into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012[1] and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.[3] He is currently working as an aide at Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ a b c "Neal Olkewicz • Football • Phoenixville". Chester County Sports Hall of Fame. 2012. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  2. ^ "Redskins great a Phantom for life". The Phoenix. November 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame announces 2015 class". The Times Herald. June 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-02.