Ex-Bemidji State star Gunner Olszewski gets shoutout from Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

The ex-Beaver made his NFL debut with the Patriots.
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Gunner Olszewski

Gunner Olszewski's job with the New England Patriots is to make an impact on special teams and make defenders miss as a punt returner. The former Division 2 All-American from Bemidji State University did just that in his debut Sunday night, and in doing so he got some love from Sunday Night Football announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. 

"Gunner Olszewski, trying to take a little pressure off [Julian] Edelman, who is a great punt returner, by giving it to Olszewski, who is a rookie out of Bemidji State," said Michaels. 

Collinsworth: "He's earned this job. He has been really impressive in preseason returning kicks."

"Very," added Michaels with a dynamite drop in, showing that his broadcast schooling has really paid off. 

Overall, Olszewski returned a pair of punts, the first for 15 yards and the second 20 yards, for a 17.5-yard average in his NFL debut.

The 22-year-old didn't get drafted after his All-American career at Bemidji State, but he was picked up by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent and has since turned that long shot into one of the 53 roster spots with the perennial NFL power. 

More impressive is that he's switched to wide receiver after playing defensive back in college. It's unclear if he'll ever be on the field with Tom Brady, especially now that the Patriots receiving corp is loaded with Antonio Brown, Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett. 

The Texas native was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. 

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