Obit

Football Star Merlin Olsen Dies

Merlin Olsen, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams, died Thursday at the age of 69. Olsen was as member of the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s, when the team set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season in 1968. He was named to 14-consecutive Pro Bowls, won an MVP award in 1974, and is still the Rams’ all-time leader in career tackles with 915. After retiring, he acted in television programs like Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy.