Merlin Olson, a fearsome Hall of Fame defensive end who later became famed for his gentle-giant roles on television, was born 76 years ago on Sept. 15, 1940. He died from cancer at the age of 69 in 2010. Olsen was one-fourth of the "Fearsome Foursome" — a famed defensive unit that consisted of he, Deacon Jones, Roosevelt Grier and Lamar Lundy. During his 15-year NFL career he was a 14-time Pro Bowler and missed only two games. 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.
Tim Brown—the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner, nine-time Pro Bowl and both College Football and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver—turned 50 years old on July 22, 2016. In celebration of his 50th birthday, we present these classic SI photos of "Touchdown Timmy" through the years.
Four-time Pro Bowl and Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the NFL's first two Super Bowls, turned 83 years old on Jan. 9, 2017. In celebration of his longevity and brilliant career, we present these classic photos of the two-time Super Bowl MVP through the years.
Bill Parcells won two Super Bowl rings as head coach of the New York Giants. Known as "The Big Tuna", a nickname about the shape of his physique derived from a team joke during his tenure as linebackers coach of the New England Patriots, Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. In celebration of his 75th birthday on Aug. 22, 2016, we present these classic photos of Bill Parcells through the years.