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Merlin Olsen

American football player, announcer, and actor

Died when: 69 years 177 days (833 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

Merlin Jay Olsen (;September 15, 1940 – March 11, 2010) was an American football player, announcer, and actor.He played his entire 15-year professional football career in the National Football League (NFL) as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 14 straight times, missing selection only in the last year of his career.

This record of 14 seasons being selected to play in the Pro Bowl, consecutive or otherwise, is shared with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, former offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, former tight end Tony Gonzalez, and former quarterback Peyton Manning.

A recipient of the 1961 Outland Trophy as the best lineman in college football, Olsen is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

As an actor, he portrayed farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie.After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father Murphy.


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