As you all know, a Los Angeles Rams former football player recently passed away, would you like to know about the life of this American athlete? Then keep on reading plus take a look at Merlin Olsen’s photos and video below.
We received the sad news that Merlin Olsen had passed away on March 11, 2010 in Los Angeles after his battle with cancer, he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma (‘cancer on the protective lining on the lungs which covers internals organs in the body, most of the time this type of cancer is caused by long exposure to asbestos’) for this exposure he blames NBC and Fox, followed by the lawsuit made by Mr. Olsen against them. Merlin Olsen was 69 years old.
Merlin Jay Olsen was born on March 11, 1940 in Logan, Utah. His parents were Lynn and Merle Olsen and he had 8 siblings (5 sisters and 3 brother). He went to Utah State University where he graduated in 1962 with a degree in finance. That same year he signed a two year deal worth $50,000 with the Rams. That same year he was named NFL’s Rookie of the Year. In 1963, after trying the position as offense he was later moved to the Defensive line, where he proved to be totally awesome, it was this awesomeness that along with Lamar Lundy, Deacon Jones and Rosey Grier that earned him a spot in the NFL’s best defensive lines named “The Fearsome Foursome”. The next year he made into the 1st team All-Pro he also made it on 1966 and 1970.
In 1965 he was named NFL Defensive Player of The Week, in 1967 he was named Outstanding Defensive Lineman, along with the Fearsome Foursome he was named NFL Defensive Players of the Week. In 1972 he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week and the next year Los Angeles Rams won the NFC West Crown, that same year he was named NFLPA Defensive Lineman of the year and the next year he was awarded with the Bert Bell Award.
He retired in 1976 after the NFC Championships in Minnesota, he was included in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1982 and the next year he made it on the 100 Greatest Football Players ranking on the 25th place. He was named the Walter Camp Man of the year, Athlete of The Year in 1982, On 2008 he was named in the 75th anniversary in the All-Sun Bowl Team and included in the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Also this fall a bronze statue of Merlin will be revealed on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, the field at Utah university was renamed after him.
After his football career he embarked on Television as NBC’s commentator, he also had a part in Little House On The Prairie, spokesperson for several T.V commercials and co hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethons.
Merlin Olsen got married on March 30, 1962 to Susan Wakley, together they had 3 kids Kelly, Nathan and Jill.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family, friends and loyal fans. And Merlin, Thank You for giving us one of the greatest players we have ever seen, your memory will live forever in our minds and hearts.
Take a look at some of Merlin Olsen’s photos and video below.
Merlin Olsen Video
Photos: PNP, www.wenn.com