Following the death this week of Willie Davis was the news this morning of the death of former LA Ram star and Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen.
Olsen was not only a great football star, an insightful broadcast analyst, and a successful actor, but a class guy, who worked hard to achieve his success. In fact, he was summa cum laude at Utah State where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics, and continuing with his education during his NFL years, he later earned a Master’s Degree, also in economics.
It is sad that he suffered from and ultimately succumbed to the terrible asbestosis disease of mesothelioma. It has been reported that he was in the midst of litigation over his having contracted the disease from the inhalation of asbestos fibers while working on construction sites many years ago.
A charter member of the original Ram’s “Fearsome Foursome”, Olsen is perhaps best known to most people as one of the stars of the long-running TV series Little House on the Prarie and later stared in his his own series, Father Murphy.
Just like The Three Dawg, Olsen was 69 at the time of his death.