Pro Football Hall Of Farmer and Actor Merlin Olsen Dies

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2010

8 Feb 2002:  Torchbearer Merlin Olsen carries the Olympic Flame during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay in Kearns, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw/Pool/Getty Images
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 Pro Football Hall of Farmer and former television actor Merlin has died. He was 69. "Merlin Olsen was a coach's player you could always count on," says his biography on the ProFootball Hall of Fame Web site. "He was a standout as a rookie and there after stood out in every game he played for the Rams in a 15-year career. Every game. Fifteen years." Olsen was a class by it self. He was a pro on the field and off. Olsen played in 14 Pro Bowls, made two All-Decade teams and was a six-time All-Pro. He was inducted into into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Olsen was a defensive lineman for the Los Angeles from 1962 to 1976. Wearing No. 71 he was part of the Rams' 'Fearsome" line with Deacon Jones, Roosevelt Grier,  And Lamar Lundt. His brother play with the Rams too. On television, Olsen opposite the great Michael Landon aka Little Joe on "Little House on the Prairie" from 1977 to 1981, and the lead role in "Father Murphy" from 1981 to 1983. Merlin was a great broadcaster with his sidekick Dick Enberg on NBC broadcasting NFL games. I miss him doing football games now. Olsen was diagnosed with lung cancer.