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Old 03-11-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default Merlin Olsen dies

Don't remember his playing career much but do remember him doing the color with Dick Enberg on NBC (and a few bronco games)

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Old 03-11-2010, 08:52 AM   #2
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loved hearing him and Enberg do football when i was a kid!
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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RIP Merlin

I liked his commentary on games.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:54 AM   #4
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Damn. One of the original "Fearsome Foursome" of the LA Rams. That's sad. He was a good guy.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:55 AM   #5
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Whoa. He called "The Drive", and I think "The Fumble" with Enberg. They were a great broadcasting team. R.I.P.
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RIP...he worked a lot of Bronco games in the 80's

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In 1962 the Rams selected him with the third overall pick in the NFL draft and the Denver Broncos selected him with the second overall pick in the AFL draft. He chose the Rams after the rival teams from rival leagues engaged in a bidding war for his services.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:56 AM   #7
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He and Enberg were the best announcers on NBC for several years. He was a friend of the Broncos, and was actually drafted by Denver in the early years. He was a very astute analyst. He admired Elway.

"Great players make great plays...."

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Old 03-11-2010, 08:58 AM   #8
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:10 AM   #9
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:10 AM   #10
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He's sueing NBC for giving him the disease from abestos
that killed him
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:14 AM   #11
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He called the Drive. Song long.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:17 AM   #12
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For some reason, I thought he was already dead. I don't mean any disrespect, though. I genuinely thought he died a few years ago. Anyway, RIP Merlin...
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Enjoyed his work as well. RIP.
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Damn, he and Enberg were my favorite broadcasting team ever. RIP.
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Sorry to hear this. A familiar voice for many Broncos games in the 1980's.

Thanks for being a voice for so many great memories.
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IIRC, the Broncos actually drafted him - - pre-merger, but he signed with the Rams. Great player, non-stop motor and was a real force on that line with Deacon Jones.

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I loved hearing him do games, RIP.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:27 AM   #18
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IIRC, the Broncos actually drafted him - - pre-merger, but he signed with the Rams. Great player, non-stop motor and was a real force on that line with Deacon Jones.

RIP
Absolutely. I was a fan of the fearsome foursome and Gabriel before becoming a Broncos fan in 1970. Loved Olsen. His family was from Orem Utah and his little brother, Orrin, went against my school's heavy weight for the wrestling championship in 1971 and Merlin was there and I got to meet him. Really nice, humble guy. Sad, RIP Merlin.
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One of the all time good guys of the NFL, RIP Merlin Olsen.
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One of the all time good guys of the NFL, RIP Merlin Olsen.
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Another good Utahan gone-shame, I really like Merlin-
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I didn't know this about him. Very impressive:

Known as much for his brain as his brawn, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive tackle also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi from Utah State University in 1962 and earned a master's degree in economics in the off-season during his 15-year career.
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Damn, he and Enberg were my favorite broadcasting team ever. RIP.
I put him 2nd, I liked Lenny and Enberg.

I liked the concept of Little House on the Prarie at the beginning plus I thought Mary was hot but they lost me just before Mary lost her eyesight. It got corny fast. Olsen was a better color guy than actor.

I am acutally reading the 1st Little house book with my daughter.

RIP

He had a great life.
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I have to admit I brace for the day when I hear Enberg and Gene have passed.
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