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Mesothelioma Takes Life of Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen was one of the strongest players in NFL history, but malignant mesothelioma proved to be one rival he could not defeat. NFL Rookie of the Year in 1962. NFL player of the year in 1964. A Football Hall of Famer, television actor and commentator, Olsen died of mesothelioma on March 11, a disease he and his family claimed he contracted from exposure to asbestos. A football standout early on at Utah State, Olsen went on to a successful 15 year career with the Los Angeles Rams and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 14 of those seasons, starting with his rookie year in 1962. He remains the Rams’ all-time leader in career tackles. At 6’ 5”and 275 … Continue reading Mesothelioma Takes Life of Merlin Olsen »