Death of Merlin Olsen

September 15, 1940 - March 11, 2010
| Age 69

Pro Football Hall of Famer dies at 69
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By DOUG ALDEN, AP Sports Writer


Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who helped form one of the NFL's greatest defensive lines before embarking on a successful career in television, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Olsen was a member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" along with Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier in the 1960s. He later starred on NFL broadcasts, commercials, and as Jonathan Garvey on the TV series "Little...

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