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Igor Olshansky

(1982 - )


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Igor Olshansky is a Jewish Ukrainian-American former professional football player.

Olshansky (born May 3, 1982) was born in the industrial city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. He moved with his family to San Francisco shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Olshansky attended the University of Oregon where he majored in psychology and played on the football team. He was an honorable mention academic All-Pac-10 his freshman year and was honored as Oregon's top defensive lineman in his sophomore and junior seasons.

Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Olshansky helped make the Chargers defensive line of the league's best in 2005. In March 2009, Olshansky was signed to a four year contract by the Dallas Cowboys but was released just over two years later. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins in September 2011 but waived in November.

Olshansky was the first Soviet-born NFL player.  He is also proud of his Jewish heritage and two Star of David tattoos.


Sources: Wikipedia, NFL.com

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