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Meet Nick Olsofka, OL, Holy Cross, 2023 NFL Draft prospect

Holy Cross versatile offensive lineman Nick Olsofka recently met with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.

  • Name: Nick Olsofka
  • Position: OL
  • College: College of the Holy Cross
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 295 pounds
  • Twitter: @nickolsofka57
  • Instagram: @nicko_57

What made you decide to become a footballer?

I did a lot of sport growing up and started playing football when I was very young. My family have always been big football fans and I grew up watching football. As I got older, it was the one sport I stuck with and loved being on the field. My grandfather helped me train at a young age and it helped me fall in love with the sport at an early age.

What are your favorite moments in your life as a footballer?

Some of my favorite moments in football are the Friday night lights and the fun times in the locker room with all my teammates before and after practice. The best moments are the moments before the match when everyone is eager to take to the pitch. The adrenaline leading up to the first coin is the best feeling in the world.

Which of your family members inspires you the most and why?

My grandfather is one of my family members who inspired me the most. From an early age, he inspired me to be the best at everything I do. No matter the sport, he pushed me to be the best player possible and took the time to show me the fundamentals of the game. He has rarely missed a game in my career and he is truly a man I inspire.

What kind of energy do you bring to the football pitch?

A lot of people know me as a calm guy off the pitch, but when it comes to the pitch I think it’s different. Being a center on the offensive line requires you to be a vocal leader and bring the energy to inspire the teammates around you. My energy on the pitch is a way of capturing people around me and never letting anyone see bad body language which can bring negativity to the team.

If you could date any football player past or present for a day, who and why?

A Holy Cross player I would hang out with for a day would be Anthony Dimichele. He played in 2009 and is currently one of our defensive backs coaches. He recruited me out of high school and is a really great coach and man. He really cares about all the players and I’ve never seen him not have a lot of positive energy. He’s a great coach but an even better friend off the pitch. He has helped me a lot and inspires players to be better every time we go to work.

What is your favorite thing about playing football for Holy Cross?

One of my favorite things about playing football at Holy Cross is the culture we have. We are all brothers on the team and each of us would go to war for the man next to us. Coach Chesney has done a great job bringing the right guys into the program and making this team a real brotherhood.

What should we know about Nick Olsofka the person?

One thing you should know about me as a person is that I love being outdoors. Whether it’s fishing on a lake or golfing, I love being outdoors when the weather is nice.

What is your favorite attacking pattern and why?

My favorite scheme is downhill play. I like the feeling of knocking the guys off the ball and gaining 5-10 yards per run. It crushes the spirit of a defense when they can’t stop the running game in the middle.

How do you deal with challenges in life and on the football pitch?

I manage the challenges of life and football by putting my trust in God. I know he has a plan for everything. So when challenges arise, I know that if I turn to him for advice, he always wins.

What would a team get from a player like you?

What a team would get from a player like me is a very coachable player who will always work to improve every day they wake up. I believe that every day there are always new ways to grow as a player and as a person. This growth will make you a better player on and off the pitch. In my years at Holy Cross I played all 5 positions on the line which just adds versatility to my game which can add a lot to a team.

What are you expecting from your next season?

I can’t wait to compete in a national championship with my brothers. We have a lot of talent this year and I know we all really believe we can do it. I am looking forward to the first game of the year and to being able to get back on the pitch and start this championship race.

Who is the most underrated player you have played with and why?

The most underrated player I’ve played with is CJ Hanson. He’s a player on the offensive line who has all the tools to be excellent. He is taking training very well and has progressed to have a breakout year this coming year. He has become a force on the offensive line and will soon get the credit he deserves.