A ferocious 6-foot-5 and 240-pound defensive tackle, Olsen was one-fourth of the famed "Fearsome Foursome" a famed defensive unit that consisted of he,
Olsen's post-football career including acting on TV's Little House on the Prairie and as the title role in "Father Murphy." He was also a longtime NFL broadcaster and served as a popular commercial spokesperson. As he headed into his second career, he was subject of
A beloved figure in Utah and a native of Logan -- he was an All-American at Utah State in the 1960s who won the Outland Trophy in 1961 and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in finance -- his alma mater announced plans last December for the naming of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.