- Los Angeles Rams (1962-1976)
Olsen was elected with 21 years for athletes of the year and was the leading figure of the Los Angeles Rams at the time. For fifteen years (1962-1976) he played in the National Football League ( NFL). With 14 participations in the Pro Bowl he holds along with Bruce Matthews to record. Olsen is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team and received the 1974 Bert Bell Award. The magazine " The Sporting News" chose him as one of the 100 best football players of all time.
However, the director Andrew V. McLaglen Olsen prophesied a successful acting career and gave him a role in the movie The Undefeated (1969). Olsen played in addition to movie stars like John Wayne and Rock Hudson. By 1975, he had three more roles on television.
At the age of 36 years Olsen ended his football career and was hired shortly thereafter by NBC as a sports presenter and performer in the series of the U.S. station. During his work in television, he met Michael Landon, the "Little House " and "Father Murphy " hired him for his series, know. His last, but hardly successful appearances on television had Olsen in "Fathers and Sons " and " Aaron 's Way ". Most recently, he was involved with his wife Susan for charitable purposes and took duties as master of ceremonies.
Merlin Olsen was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009, a kind of cancer that is caused by asbestos. In December 2009 he filed a lawsuit against NBC Studios, NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox an alleged debt to the cancer that he is said to have sustained in a movie. On March 11, 2010 Merlin Olsen died at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. He is buried at the San Gabriel Cemetery in San Gabriel.