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How many children does Greg Olsen have? NFL star's son TJ, 8, hospitalized: 'His heart is reaching its end'

'This past week has been exceptionally challenged for our family,' Olsen wrote informing fans of his son, TJ's deteriorating health
Greg Olsen former Carolina Panthers tight end posted an emotional update about eight-year-old son TJ's health (Getty Images)
Greg Olsen former Carolina Panthers tight end posted an emotional update about eight-year-old son TJ's health (Getty Images)

Former Carolina Panthers tight end and 14-year NFL veteran Greg Olsen shared an emotional update about his eight-year-old son, Trent Jerry (TJ) , who is battling heart failure and might soon need a heart transplant. 

Taking to Twitter, 36-year-old Olsen shared said TJ's heart "is reaching its end" and that he has been hospitalized. Eight-year-old TJ was born with congenital heart disease. His condition prompted the Olsens to open a pediatric heart center at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. But according to Olsen's latest tweets, TJ's condition might not be getting better as the tight-end basically wrote TJ needs a new heart. 


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Greg Olsen #88 of the Seattle Seahawks runs during warm up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Getty Images)

"This past week has been exceptionally challenged for our family," Olsen wrote. "As many of you know, our son TJ has faced serious heart issues since birth. TJ has already undergone 3 open heart surgeries and has survived with a modified heart for his first 8 years of life." he wrote, adding, "Unfortunately, it seems his heart is reaching its end. We are currently working through the process to determine our next steps, which ultimately could lead to a heart transplant."


Olsen continued his social media post by thanking his fans and supporters for their prayers during this dire time for their family. "We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received over the years. We have received world class care at Levine Children’s Hospital and we are so appreciative of their amazing team. We don’t know how long we will be within these hospital walls. We do know that we are in full control of our attitudes and our outlook. TJ has been a fighter since birth. We are going to get through this as a family and be better off as a result of this experience."


Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers warms up before their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Getty Images)

According to reports, Olsen's foundation donated millions to the foundation and to the construction of a 25,000-square-foot facility at Levine Children’s Hospital, when the cardiac care center was first announced. The center reportedly opened its doors in December 2020 and as per the reports, TJ is in the care of doctors at the facility.

Earlier this year, Olsen announced his retirement from the NFL. The 14-year veteran signed an agreement to join Fox Sports as an analyst for its NFL telecasts. 

How many children does Greg Olsen have?

Greg is married to Kara, and together they have three kids - Tate Christian Olsen who was born in early June 2011 and twins Talbot and TJ (Trent Jerry) who were born in October 2012. 

TJ was born with a congenital heart defect that required four surgeries, including three open-heart procedures and also has a pacemaker installed. Together with his wife, the Olsens launched their HEARTest Yard foundation shortly after the birth of TJ and his twin sister Talbot, in 2012 to reportedly raise money for less fortunate families going through crisis like theirs.