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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)
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 Jul 16, 2014 1:25PM
All-Time Rank: #10. Barry Sanders… #11. Dick Butkus… #12. Willie Lanier… #13. MERLIN OLSEN… #14. Eric Dickerson… #15. Lawrence Taylor… #16. Bobby Bell… 

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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

Kick & Punt Returns

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