Merlin Olsen: A Lasting Legacy of Love and Lore

March 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Never before has a man come across our paths like the great Merlin Olsen, who passed away at the age of 69 years old yesterday. He was more than a gridiron great who blessed viewers with his abilities on the field as a Pro Bowl player who became the leader of the greatest defensive line in NFL history, "The Fearsome Foursome."

Merlin wasn't done entertaining America. Even long before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, he had become a star actor on television in 1977 in the hit series Little House on the Prairie , then starred in his own series called Father Murphy .

During this time, he became a color commentator during NFL games with play by play announcer Dick Enberg. The two became fast friends and they would pair together on the NBC Network throughout the 1980s. Enberg would voice over a video tribute to his friend during a celebration of his life at a Utah State University event last year.
He then starred in another show...

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