Hall of Fame member Merlin - Olsen, NFL history of one of the greatest linebacker in this week, four died of cancer at the age of 69 years.
Olsen in the nineteenth century, 60's and Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier together make up the Los Angeles Rams of the "terrorist four groups." Later, he embarked on NFL radio and advertising business, the same success, he is still TV series "Prairie House" played a Jonathan - Garvey.
"He's on the pitch brave and fearless, other, perhaps more important aspect of his character that he was a true gentleman," Hall of Fame member Jack - Youngblood said that he was Olson in Los Angeles, Rams When teammates. "We all know that he is a how well what a great player, but he was far less than better."
Utah State University, Olson's alma mater, said he died in Los Angeles than last year, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an often caused by exposure to asbestos lung cancer. Olsen last year to prosecute, saying he was suffering from this disease is because of his childhood and young stages of the construction site area often exposed asbestos.
"He's deep concern about other people, especially those who share the football with his people the sport," NFL director Roger - Goodale said. "Merlin is a larger than life, people, worthy of the name, and left to posterity a huge positive spiritual heritage."
Olsen, Utah State University won the Cup in 1961 Autran, was recognized as the nation's best inside the National Guardian. Rams in 1962 first-round draft pick he was selected third overall, followed by 15 years he was in effect Rams, and now he is still 915 times in team history to intercept the data Statistics standings first. Since his rookie season, he 14 straight All-Star team, he and Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier together make up the legendary Los Angeles Rams "terrorist Gang of Four." Rams created in 1968 in the season's 14 games to promote the code to rival the lowest number of NFL records.
Youngblood as a rookie in 1971, joined the Rams, when the Olsen continued to serve as defensive person on the other side, when he, as Jones's replacement. Youngblood recalled that Olson had told him that as a young player you want to become a great player does not lie in every game, but rather "every heartbeat." "When you stop to think of Merlin in the field, he has completed other people can no longer be the completion of German things," Youngblood said.