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Hall of Fame lineman Olsen dies

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005

    Merlin Olsen, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who was part of the Los Angeles Rams' famed "Fearsome Foursome" 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, the Cache Valley Daily of Utah reported.

    A Utah native, Olsen attended Utah State and, in his senior year with the Aggies, won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior defensive lineman.

    Olsen was selected to 14 Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

    Following his retirement from the game, Olsen flourished as a television actor, appearing regularly on "Little House on the Prairie" in the 1970s and later in the lead role of "Father Murphy."

    Olsen was part of the Rams' defensive line famously known as the "Fearsome Foursome" along with Roosevelt Grier, Deacon Jones and Lamar Lundy. Jones also is a member of the Hall of Fame.
  2. nflhof

    nflhof BoltTalker

    Jul 23, 2007
    Very sad a true gentleman, a great football player and a wonderful person. Sad day. In Hoc Merlin:no:
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Mar 5, 2006
    RIP merlin, your class and character will be missed.
  4. Lightning_Dynasty

    Lightning_Dynasty Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    RIP Merlin. I'm waaaay to young to really have ever known about you, but I went and watched some highlight reels, and have heard awesome things! You'll be missed.
  5. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Sad news. I was a huge Rams fan as a kid & stuck with them until they moved to St. Louis. Spent a lot of time watching him play as arguably one of the greatest NFL defensive front fours ever. After he retired I still enjoyed his broadcasting. By all accounts, a true gentleman & amazing football player.


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