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    Merlin Olsen, Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies

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    Hall of Fame lineman Olsen dies

    Merlin Olsen, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who was part of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" line of the 1960s, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 69.

    Olsen, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and had been undergoing chemotherapy, died Wednesday night, Utah State assistant athletic media relations director Zach Fisher said.

    The burley giant from northern Utah joined Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier on the Rams' storied "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line known for either stopping or knocking backward whatever offenses it faced. The Rams set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season in 1968.

    Olsen was rookie of the year for the Rams in 1962 and is still the Rams' all-time leader in career tackles with 915. He was named to 14 consecutive Pro Bowls, a string that started his rookie year, and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

    Olsen was also an established television actor with a role on "Little House on the Prairie," then starring in his own series, "Father Murphy," from 1981 to 1983 and the short-lived "Aaron's Way" in 1988.

    Olsen was a consensus All-American at Utah State and won the 1961 Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. The Rams drafted Olsen third overall in 1962 and he spent the next 15 years with the team before retiring in 1976.

    Utah State honored Olsen in December by naming the football field at Romney Stadium "Merlin Olsen Field." Because of his illness, Olsen's alma mater didn't want to wait until football season and made the announcement during halftime of a basketball game.

    Olsen was well enough to attend, but did not speak at the event. He stood and smiled as he waved to fans during a standing ovation and chants of "Merlin Olsen!" and "Aggie Legend!"

    Utah State is also planning a statue of Olsen at the southeast corner of the stadium.

    The Rams also honored Olsen during a game Dec. 20, with a video tribute narrated by Dick Enberg, Olsen's longtime broadcast partner. Olsen did not attend because of his health. His name was already part of the Ring of Fame inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis along with other franchise standouts.

    He was voted NFC defensive lineman of the year in 1973 and the NFL MVP in 1974.


    I put this here because a lot of folks might not have seen him play football, but they know him as an announcer or an actor or from his FTD commercials.

    Rest in Peace, big guy.

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    One of the All-Time Greats......



    Rest in Peace Mr Olsen.

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    RIP Merlin ......The Fearsome Foursome gave Unitas fits.
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    RIP. One of the greats.

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    Damn, that sucks. I remember Olsen and Dick Enberg doing the late AFC games on NBC. One of the great tandems, not sure why he left.

    I still lol everytime i watch Anchorman when Ferrell drops the whole 'i'm kind of a big deal', 'i have leather bound books', etc. line, and he says Merlin Olsen comes over occasionaly.
    Dealing with it.

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    I don't have any recollection of Olsen as a player. To me he's always been one of my favorite color guys. He and Enberg were so great together.
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    i loved him on lil house on the prairie!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    RIP Merlin ......The Fearsome Foursome gave Unitas fits.
    They gave everyone fits......I wonder, if you added it all up, how many total miles Merlin chased Fran Tarkington around.....

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    Sad news. They don't often make them like Merlin anymore.

    Love of the game.

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    RIP Olsen. Like DD, I thought his PBP with Enberg was fantastic. I wish they recorded sacks as stats back in his day.

 

 

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