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Encyclopedia > Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen
Date of birth September 15, 1940 (1940-09-15) (age 66)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Logan, Utah
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Position(s) DT
College Utah State
NFL Draft 1962 / Round 1/ Pick 3
Career highlights
Pro Bowls 14
Awards 1970 Rams MVP
1972 Rams MVP
1974 Bert Bell Award
1968 Pro Bowl MVP
1961 Outland Trophy
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
Retired #s St. Louis Rams #74
Statistics
Teams
1962–1976 Los Angeles Rams
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1982

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College

Born in Logan, Utah, Olsen attended Utah State University. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa and was a three-year letterman in football as a defensive tackle. In football, as a senior, he was a consensus All-American selection (making the vast majority of All-America teams) and was the winner of the Outland Trophy. After Olsen's junior year of 1960 he was also All-American by the Football Writer's Association and NEA. He was also All-Conference in both 1960 and 1961 and an Academic All-America in 1961. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Utah State Universitys main campus is located in Logan, Utah. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... A letterman, in U.S. sports, is a high school or college athlete who has met a specified level of participation on a varsity athletic team. ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... Outland Trophy logo Football Writers Association logo The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best United States college football interior lineman. ...


As a senior the Aggie defense Olsen anchored gave up an average of 50.8 rushing yards (which led the nation), 88.6 passing yards, and 139.4 total yards which all still stand as school records for defense. The 1961 Aggie defense gave up an average 7.8 points a game, which is second in team history behind Olsen's 1960 team, which allowed 6.5 points per game.[1] Additionally, the Aggie defense held four opponents to less than 100 total yards. One, the University of Idaho was held to a school-record 23 total yards, with the Aggies winning 69-0. The University of Idaho is the states most prominent land-grant and primary research university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County. ...


The Aggies, not known as a national power football program, finished 10th in both the AP and UPI post-season polls, the only time that has occurred in school history. The Aggies had a combined 18-3-1 record during Olsen's junior and senior seasons under coach John Ralston and were conference champions those two seasons as well. The Associated Press (AP) Poll, along with the USA Today Coaches Poll, ranks the top 25 NCAA Division I college football and basketball teams, weekly. ... The USA Today Coaches Poll is the current name for a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I-A college football and Division I college basketball teams. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1961 and in 2003 was voted to the game's Hall of Fame[2]. Played in the Hula Bowl after his senior season and was voted MVP of the game[3]. The East-West Shrine Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game played each January since 1926. ... The Hula Bowl is an independently administered post-season invitational college football game held each year in Hawaii, currently at Aloha Stadium in the Hālawa district of Honolulu. ...


Member of the State of Utah’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Utah State University Sports Hall of Fame and USU’s All-Century Football Team. In 2000, was selected by Sports Illustrated as one of the State of Utah’s Top 50 Athletes of the Century. Voted to the All-Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1988. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


NFL

Olsen played professionally (from 1962 to 1976) for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. A leading defensive star of his era, he did not miss a single game in his 15-season NFL career. The St. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...


Coming out of college, Olsen had offers from both Los Angeles of the NFL and Denver of the rival AFL.He chose the security of the NFL and signed with the Rams. Olsen's first contract was for around $50,000 for 2 years, plus a bonus. It was 1962, and the average football player salary back then was around $12,000 a year. He was the first USU Aggie to be drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft. The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... The 1962 NFL season was the 43th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Olsen almost ended up on offense, but was later moved to the defensive line after a few experiments in practice. Soon he became part of one of the best front fours in NFL history. Deacon Jones, Rosey Grier, and Lamar Lundy joined Olsen on the defensive line in 1963 that was aptly nicknamed "The Fearsome Foursome." Was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Week for week 12, 1965. Olsen scored his first touchdown in that game. David D. Deacon Jones (born December 9, 1938) nicknamed Secretary of Defense is an American athlete and actor. ... Roosevelt Rosey Grier (born July 14, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Cuthbert, Georgia), a star athlete at Roselle High School(NJ), is an American football player, actor, and Christian minister. ... Lamar Lundy (born April 17, 1935, in Richmond, Indiana) was a defensive end with the NFL Los Angeles Rams for 13 seasons, from 1957 to 1969. ... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... The real Fearsome Foursome was the All-Star defensive line of the Los Angeles Rams NFL football team in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Throughout the 1960s, this foursome terrorized opposing offenses. Olsen's play helped the Rams to the playoffs in 1967 and 1969. Was voted the club's Outstanding Defensive Lineman from 1967-70 by the Los Angeles Rams Alumni. In week 14, 1967, Olsen and the rest of the Fearsome Foursome were named the AP NFL Defensive Players of the Week for their performance against the Baltimore Colts. The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ...


In the 1970s, Olsen continued his dominant play at defensive tackle and his 11 sacks in 1972 was second on the team. After week 8 in 1972 Olsen was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career. The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ...


The Rams won the NFC West crown from 1973 to 1976 thanks in part to the solid play of Olsen. They ranked first in the NFL in run defense from 1973 to 1975 and finished second, second and fourth in sacking opposing passers during the three year span. In 1976, the Rams defense finished second in the NFL against the run. The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Olsen's last game was the NFC Championship game in 1976 at Bloomington, Minnesota. The Rams were good enough to make it to the Super Bowl, but the opportunistic Vikings took advantage on a freak play early in the game. A blocked field goal returned 90 yards for a touchdown shocked the Rams in the first quarter. The defense was later victimized by a couple of big plays by the Vikings. The Rams came up short, bringing the storied career of the Rams finest defensive tackle to an end. This is a list of all the franchises that have won the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1843 Incorporated 1858 Mayor Gene Winstead Area    - City 99. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969...


Olsen made the Pro Bowl a record 14 times throughout his career, only missing it on his final year. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he was ranked number 25 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


After NFL retirement

Following his retirement as a player, Olsen went to television as a color commentator, teaming with Dick Enberg on NBC's coverage of the AFC throughout the 1980s. A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Image:Enberg. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... American Football Conference logo. ...

See also: NFL on NBC

He also enjoyed success as an actor. When Little House on the Prairie actor Victor French left to star in his own comedy "Carter Country" in 1977, Olson was tapped to play Michael Landon's new sidekick Johnathon Garvey. A couple years later, Landon cast Olson as the masquerading priest Father Murphy. He has been a commercial spokesman for FTD Florists. His most recent television acting work was in the short-lived 1988 TV series Aaron's Way, in which he played the lead role. Olson has often co-hosted the Children's Miracle Network telethons, a humanitarian organization founded in 1983 by Marie Osmond and John Snieder. He also appears in many Sigma Chi promotional campaigns; Olsen is a Life Loyal Sig, Significant Sig (given to members for distinguishing acts outside the fraternity) and a member of the Order of Constantine (given for service to the Fraternity). The NFL on NBC was the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage will return to NBC for the 2006 season under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1]. // Background The... Little House On The Prairie was an American one-hour dramatic television program that aired on the NBC network from September 11, 1974 to March 21, 1983. ... Victor French Victor French (December 4, 1934 - June 15, 1989) was an American actor. ... Father Murphy was an American television drama series that aired on the NBC network from November 3, 1981 to September 18, 1983. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1988. ... Aarons Way was a family drama series that ran in 1988 on American television, starring Merlin Olsen as Aaron Miller, the husband and father of an Amish family, which he moved to California and had to adapt to technology and situations that Amish traditionally shun. ... Marie Osmond (born Olive Marie Osmond October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah) is an American actress, singer, and a member of the show business family, The Osmonds. ...


Olsen donated one of his cleats, which was bronzed, to be used during the annual football rivalry between two Las Vegas high schools, Eldorado High School and Chaparral High School, which both opened in 1973. Each year, Olsen presents the "trophy" in the ceremony at the rivalry game. Assorted ancient Bronze castings found as part of a cache, probably intended for recycling. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Chaparral High School is a public high school in Las Vegas, Nevada of the Clark County School District. ...


Was named the Walter Camp Man of the Year in 1982. Walter Camp Foundation logo The Walter Camp Man of the Year is one of seven awards given annually by the Walter Camp foundation. ...


In pop culture

  • Olsen is also mentioned in the film Anchorman, as Will Ferrell humorously claims he is friends with Olsen to try to impress a woman he meets at a party.
  • Olsen was mentioned in a commercial for the National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) on the Free Speech Radio Network in 2007. The commercial could be heard while listening to shows such as Mancow's Morning Madhouse.

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See Also

The first name thats slated is the play-by-play man while the color commentator or commentators are slated second. ...

References

  1. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/
  2. ^ http://www.shrinegame.com/halloffame.php
  3. ^ http://www.hulabowlhawaii.com/about/history.asp

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James LeRoy Bakken (born November 2, 1940, Madison, Wisconsin) was an American football punter and placekicker for the St. ... Guy was a key member of three Super Bowl-winning Raiders teams: (Super Bowls XI, XV, and XVIII. Arguably, his best performance was in Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins. ...

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Sonny Jurgensen | Bart Starr | Johnny Unitas | John David Crow | Paul Hornung | Leroy Kelly | Gale Sayers | Jim Brown | Jim Taylor | John Mackey | Del Shofner | Charley Taylor | Gary Collins | Boyd Dowler | Bob Brown | Forrest Gregg | Ralph Neely | Gene Hickerson | Jerry Kramer | Howard Mudd | Jim Ringo | Doug Atkins | Willie Davis | Deacon Jones | Alex Karras | Bob Lilly | Merlin Olsen | Dick Butkus | Larry Morris | Ray Nitschke | Tommy Nobis | Dave Robinson | Herb Adderley | Lem Barney | Bobby Boyd | Eddie Meador | Larry Wilson | Willie Wood | Jim Bakken | Don Chandler | The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... Christian Adolph Sonny Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934) is a famed American football quarterback in the NFL. // Jurgensen grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, attended Duke University and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1957 NFL Draft. ... Bryan Bartlett Starr (born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama) is a former professional American football player and coach. ... John Constantine Johnny Unitas (May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed The Golden Arm, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. ... John David Crow (b. ... Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky) was an outstanding all-around athlete who played college basketball but is best known as an American football player. ... Leroy Kelly, (born May 20, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas), also known as The Kansas Comet, was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. ... Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... James Charles Taylor (born on September 20, 1935) was a professional football player for ten NFL seasons, from 1958-1967. ... John Mackey (born September 24, 1941, New York, New York) is a former American Football tight end who played for the Baltimore Colts (1963-1971) and the San Diego Chargers (1972). ... Delbert Martin Shofner (born December 11, 1934) is a former American Football wide receiver who played for eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants from 1957 to 1967 in the National Football League. ... Charlie Taylor was instrumental in helping the Washington Redskins reach six NFC Title games (1972, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, and 1991) winning five of them and five Super Bowls (1973 (Super Bowl VII), 1983 (Super Bowl XVII), 1984 (Super Bowl XVIII), 1988 (Super Bowl XXII), 1992 (Super Bowl XVI) ) winning... Gary Collins (born August 20, 1940) is a retired American football wide receiver and punter who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1971. ... Boyd Dowler (born November 18, 1937) is a former American Football wide receiver who played twelve seasons for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins from 1959 to 1971. ... Robert Stanford Brown (born December 8, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio), known as Bob The Boomer Brown, was an offensive tackle in the National Football League from 1964 through 1973. ... Alvis Forrest Gregg (born October 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas) is a former American Football player and coach. ... Ralph Neely (born September 12, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a former American Football offensive tackle who played thirteen seasons and 172 games for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 to 1977. ... Robert Eugene (Gene) Hickerson (born February 15, 1935) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Cleveland Browns in a fifteen year career from 1958 to 1973. ... Gerald Louis Kramer (b. ... Howard Mudd (born 10 Feb 1942, Midland, Michigan) is a former American Football offensive lineman who played seven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears from 1964 to 1970 in the National Football League. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Douglas Leon Atkins (Born May 8, 1930, in Humboldt, Tennessee) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. ... William Delford Davis was born July 24, 1934 in Lisbon, Louisiana. ... David D. Deacon Jones (born December 9, 1938) nicknamed Secretary of Defense is an American athlete and actor. ... Alexander George Karras, born July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, is a former football player and actor who is best known for playing with the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 and 1964-1971. ... Bob Lilly (born July 26, 1939) is a former American football player and photographer. ... Dick Buttkiss (born December 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football player and actor. ... Lawrence Morris (born December 10, 1933 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American football linebacker. ... Raymond Ernest Nitschke (December 29, 1936 - March 8, 1998) was a professional football player who played middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Wearing #66, he played fifteen seasons, from 1958 to 1972, and was named the greatest linebacker in NFL history in 1969, over many other... Thomas Henry Nobis, Jr. ... Dave Robinson born May 3, 1941 in Mount Holly, New Jersey was a former American Football player in the NFL and College. ... Herbert A. Adderley (born June 8, 1939, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American football cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. ... Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... Bobby Boyd (born December 3, 1937) is a former defensive back who played for the Baltimore Colts in a nine year career from 1960 to 1968. ... Eddward Doyle Meador (born August 10, 1937) was an American football defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams. ... Lawrence Frank Wilson (born May 24, 1938, in Rigby, Idaho) is a former American football free safety who played for the St. ... William Vernell Wood Sr. ... James LeRoy Bakken (born November 2, 1940, Madison, Wisconsin) was an American football punter and placekicker for the St. ... Don Chandler (born September 5, 1934 in Council Bluffs, Iowa) is a retired American football place kicker. ...


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