On Oct. 9, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen welcomed his second and third children as his wife gave birth to twins, Talbot and T.J. While Talbot is a perfectly healthy girl, Olsen's son T.J. was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease called hypoplastic left heart syndrome that is distinguished by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta.
Bears quarterback and former teammate of Olsen, Jay Cutler, became a father for the first time on Aug. 8 with the birth of his son, Camden Jack Cutler and told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that the pain of Olsen is tough to imagine:
"It resonates,'' Cutler said of Olsen's situation. "Any time you're going through that whole nine months, you always hope for the best. In the back of your mind, you're always leery of what possibly could happen.
"I can't envision going down that road. That's a tough deal.''
Olsen, 27, played four seasons with the Bears after they selected him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft with the No. 31 selection before he was traded to the Panthers in the summer of 2011. He has 26 receptions for 324 yards and a touchdown through six games for the Panthers.