Remember the good ol’ days when L.A. used to have not one, but two NFL teams? Merlin Olsen was a force to be reckoned with as his role in the Rams’ — formerly in Los Angeles — “fearsome foursome.” But he had a different role, too. One of the great sports broadcasters the world has given us.
Olsen lost his battle with cancer this morning. He was 69.
Many of us may have seen him on “The Little House on the Prairie” or on most FTD ad campaigns telling you how flowers can take someone’s breath away. “We all know what a wonderful, tremendous football player he was, but he was so much more than that,” said fellow Hall of Famer and colleague Jack Youngblood. Olsen left us a footstep that we can all remember.