I want to say that in an era of self centered obnoxious papered criminal athletes a man like the late Merlin Olsen looms larger than ever. He was a great football player but humble and never needed to toot his own horn. He was tough on the field but gentle and personable off it.
He portrayed the gentle giant in the movie the Undefeated with John Wayne. He is playing with a bunch of children when Rock Hudson asks him to reluctantly fight someone from John Wayne's group. He was the kind and gentle neighbor on Little House on the Prarie. He was the person you wanted your son to emulate.
He was a very good sportscaster and never bored you with flash or self promotion. It was about love of the game and you felt honored to be listening to him.
Perhaps the only athlete we have in a similar class is his team mate Rosey Grier. Other than getting mixed up with Bobby Kennedy and needle point there is almost no athlete that has served America with as great an example as Merlin Olsen.
Merlin Olsen is in the Hall of Fame for his contributions on the field. He was even a better person
off the field than on it.