Multiple media outlets are reporting that Merlin Olsen — a Hall of Fame member of the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” who went on to portray “Father Murphy” in a long-running TV show after his football career ended — has died at the age of 69.
Olsen was reportedly diagnosed with mesothelioma and had been undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy.
Olsen played his entire 15-year career for the Los Angeles Rams. Olsen chose the Rams, who selected him with the third overall pick in the 1962 NFL draft, over the Broncos, who selected him with the second overall pick in the AFL draft that same year. He provided an immediate impact with the Rams, being chosen as Rookie of the Year in 1962 and earned Pro Bowl berths in each of his first 14 NFL seasons.
Olsen retired after the 1976 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.
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