Farewell, Merlin Olsen

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, formerly of the Rams.

Merlin Olsen now rushes passers in greener pastures. We'll miss him.

Rams Nation (a Google search reveals that no one actually uses this term) mourns the loss of football legend and actor Merlin Olsen, who passed away today after a battle with mesothelioma. Olsen’s football career is beautifully remembered by Andy Barall of the New York Times (Briefly: a member of the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line and 14-time Pro Bowler). TV Squad remembers his acting career, which included a role on Little House on the Prairie and the title character on Father Murphy. Olsen blamed his illness on asbestos exposure during his acting work, and sued NBC and 20th Century Fox earlier this year.

We’ll miss #74.

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