Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey)  Merlin Olsen is famous for being a fearless NFL player with the L.A. Rams until 1976, which earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. After his football career, he went on to play farmer Jonathan Garvey on 'Little House' and then went on to star in NBC's short-lived series 'Father Murphy' in the early '80s, in which he played a traveling priest. In 2009, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and.  Olsen passed away in 2010 at the age of 69.

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Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey) Merlin Olsen is famous for being a fearless NFL player with the L.A. Rams until 1976, which earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. After his football career, he went on to play farmer Jonathan Garvey on 'Little House' and then went on to star in NBC's short-lived series 'Father Murphy' in the early '80s, in which he played a traveling priest. In 2009, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and. Olsen passed away in 2010 at the age of 69.

Defensive Tackle <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Merlin+Olsen&family=editorial&specificpeople=556842 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Merlin Olsen</a> #74 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes quarterback <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Sonny+Jurgensen&family=editorial&specificpeople=224867 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Sonny Jurgensen</a> #9 of the Washington Redskins circa 1969 during an NFL football…

Defensive Tackle <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Merlin+Olsen&family=editorial&specificpeople=556842 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Merlin Olsen</a> #74 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes quarterback <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Sonny+Jurgensen&family=editorial&specificpeople=224867 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Sonny Jurgensen</a> #9 of the Washington Redskins circa 1969 during an NFL football…

Merlin Olsen 1940 – 2010  American football player in the NFL,  a commentator, and actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed the farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father…

Merlin Olsen 1940 – 2010 American football player in the NFL, a commentator, and actor. He played his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 14 of those seasons, a current record shared with Bruce Matthews. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. As an actor he portrayed the farmer Jonathan Garvey on Little House on the Prairie. After leaving that series, he starred in his own NBC drama, Father…

Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, played his career with the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1967. Olsen went to an NFL record 14 consecutive Pro Bowls (1962-1975), was an eight time All-Pro selection (1963-1970), is a Pro-Football Hall of Famer, was named to the NFL’s 1960’s and 1970’s All Decade Teams and is the Rams all-time tackles leader with 915 stops. Olsen, Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Roosevelt Grier were known as the “Fearsome Foursome,” bringing attention to the defensive side of the…

Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, played his career with the Los Angeles Rams from 1962-1967. Olsen went to an NFL record 14 consecutive Pro Bowls (1962-1975), was an eight time All-Pro selection (1963-1970), is a Pro-Football Hall of Famer, was named to the NFL’s 1960’s and 1970’s All Decade Teams and is the Rams all-time tackles leader with 915 stops. Olsen, Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Roosevelt Grier were known as the “Fearsome Foursome,” bringing attention to the defensive side of the…

1960's Los Angeles Rams Fearsome Foursome of Merlin Olsen, David "Deacon" Jones, Lamar Lundy,  and Roosevelt Greer

1960's Los Angeles Rams Fearsome Foursome of Merlin Olsen, David "Deacon" Jones, Lamar Lundy, and Roosevelt Greer

Merlin Olsen (DT) Rams - First Year: 1962 - Career: 15 seasons - Drafted: Round 1, Pick 3

Merlin Olsen (DT) Rams - First Year: 1962 - Career: 15 seasons - Drafted: Round 1, Pick 3

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