Chris Oliver, hairdryer, has a big future in football
HONOLULU, Hawaii — Chris Oliver says the Hawaii-based chain of hairdresses is looking to add a new customer base to its growing portfolio of services in football, and he thinks he has a chance to make an impact.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder said he has the look and personality to help make an impression on many NFL players and that he will help in that effort.
The 27-year-old was one of the first players from the U.S. to take the NFL’s Waiver Draft in the past two years.
He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round in 2015.
He’s one of two NFL players in Hawaii to take his NFL route.
The Seahawks selected former Washington State cornerback Jalen Collins, a 6-5, 205-pound cornerback out of the University of Hawaii, in the first round.
Oliver, who was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Cleveland Browns, has already earned $40,000 for each of his six NFL appearances.
He earned $7,500 for each appearance in the 2016 regular season.
Olivers last season, which was cut short due to a broken hand, led the Honolulu team in interceptions and pass breakups, and his production on the field helped seal the Cougars’ victory over BYU in the Orange Bowl.
Oliven had three interceptions and one pass breakup in two games, with his average of 3.8 interceptions per game ranking third among active players.
He also caught 15 passes for 157 yards, including a long of 53 yards.
Olives mother, Mary Oliver, has had several career offers, but he said she didn’t want him to make the move.
He believes his presence on the team, as well as the positive impact he can have in the community, is enough reason to stick with the Cougs.
Olivins agent, Mark Wiegmann, said he hopes the Coug’s decision to pick him as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft can help him find a home in the league.
The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Oliver said he’s already had some success in Hawaii.
The Hawaiian Football Association had an active roster of 22 players in 2017, including nine players who played in Hawaii, and the school has a football program in place.
Olivington had nine tackles in a win over Washington State in 2017.