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Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen Auctions Off His 1969 Chevy Camaro for Charity

Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen will be auctioning off his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro later today at Barrett Jackson's inaugural 2016 Northeast Auction. Brandon Croce got a chance to talk with the Panthers' tight end before the event and find out more about the auction, as well as his passion for cars.

Thursday is a big day, not only for Greg Olsen but also his charity, Receptions for Research. He will be auctioning off his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible at the inaugural Barrett Jackson Northeast Auction in partnership with Advance Auto Parts. All the proceeds from the auction of Olsen's car will be go directly to his charity and the Levine Children's Hospital.

The Camaro has special meaning to the Carolina Panthers' tight end. As Olsen stated his cousin restored the Camaro who "is a big car enthusiast. Then it became my car for the past year to 18 months. We made suggestions and modified it but then we realized it could be used for a great purpose."

"This is a fun car to drive, it's stick, no radio and you can get out there and its peaceful."

Vintage cars is something that has been in Olsen's life since he was a kid. "My dad used to take us to local car shows and local auction houses. I think everyone as a kid dreams about what kind of car they will have growing up."

The Panthers' tight end hasn't always had expensive rides though. "My first car my parents got me was in 2001 or 2002 when I was in high school. It was a two-door Jeep Wrangler with no power doors, no power locks, four-speed manual transmission. I thought I was living with that car."

The passion for cars is something that carries over into the locker room and it is something that the Panthers players take great pride in. This past summer Thomas Davis and Cam Newton showed off some of their custom cars but Olsen believes that the '69 Camaro being auctioned today is right up there with one of the best in the locker room.

"Thomas [Davis] probably has the most unique one with the Panthers' logos and lights. Cam and Charles Johnson are more traditional and rugged. However, I would put my car up there against anybody. It doesn't have the flair or the lights but under the hood it is about as good as it gets."

To read more about the event and the auction later today, click here.

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