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Merlin Olsen

Merlin Jay Olsen

Position: DT
Height: 6-5    Weight: 270 lbs.

Born: September 15, 1940 in Logan, UT
Died: March 11, 2010 in Duarte, CA
High School: James Logan
College: Utah St.   (school history)    (Olsen college stats)
Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1962 NFL Draft.

Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 111 (58th overall since 1950)

Relatives: Brother of Orrin Olsen and Phil Olsen
14-time Pro Bowler & 5-time First-Team All-Pro (fine print)
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1982

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Fine Details  · Last updated Mar 23, 2015 11:04AM
All-Time Rank: #12. Elroy Hirsch… #13. Forrest Gregg… #14. Gale Sayers… #15. MERLIN OLSEN… #16. Darrell Green… #17. Jim Brown… #18. Lem Barney… 

Defense & Fumbles

Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1962* 22 RAM LDT 74 12 12 1 20 1 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 8
1963* 23 RAM LDT 74 14 0 1 0 0 0 9
1964* 24 RAM LDT 74 14 8
1965* 25 RAM LDT 74 14 0 0 1 59 0 8
1966*+ 26 RAM LDT 74 14 0 1 2 9 0 14
1967*+ 27 RAM LDT 74 14 0 0 1 0 0 14
1968*+ 28 RAM LDT 74 14 14 0 0 1 0 0 14
1969*+ 29 RAM LDT 74 14 14 11
1970*+ 30 RAM LDT 74 14 14 14
1971* 31 RAM LDT 74 14 14 8
1972* 32 RAM LDT 74 14 14 9
1973* 33 RAM RDT 74 14 14 12
1974* 34 RAM RDT 74 14 14 10
1975* 35 RAM RDT 74 14 14 0 0 1 0 0 12
1976 36 RAM RDT 74 14 14 0 0 1 0 0 8
Career 208 138 1 20 1 20 0 0 2 9 68 0 159

Playoffs Defense & Fumbles

Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
1967*+ 27 RAM LDT 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
1969*+ 29 RAM LDT 1 1 0.5
1973* 33 RAM RDT 1 1 2.0
1974* 34 RAM LDT 2 2 0.5
1975* 35 RAM LDT 2 2
1976 36 RAM LDT 2 2 3.0
Career 9 9 0 0 1 0 0 6.0

Kick & Punt Returns

Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1963* 23 RAM LDT 74 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Career 208 1 0 0 0 0.0 0

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1962* 22 RAM LDT 74 12 12 1 1 6
Career 208 138 1 1 6

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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year Lg Value (Rank/All-Time)

All-Pro Teams