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Old 03-11-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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It has been reported by various news sources that former NFL great Merlin Olsen has passed away at the age of 69. He had been battling mesothelioma, a form of cancer for some time.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: California
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Yes he is gone, he was is my all time favorite Los Angeles Ram. He was a total gentleman and a class act. May he rest in peace.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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One of the absolute best!!

It was a blessing to learn about and become a fan of football because of Merlin and the rest of the Fearsome Foursome.

Today is a very sad day.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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RIP Merlin. Ah the Fabulous Foursome. Classy dude for sure.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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RIP Merlin. Ah the Fabulous Foursome. Classy dude for sure.
He was classy, for sure. He had as great a career as one could have, it always amazed me why the Rams did not win an NFL championship during his years with them. Probably his most impressive statistic was going to 14 straight pro bowls.

Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, Deacon Jones, and Merlin Olsen. Dick Butkus once said that those guys who were nicknamed the "Fearsome Foursome" were the most dominate NFL defensive line ever. I concur with that.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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I sure hate that. That Fearsome Foursome was sure fun to watch.

Olsen's cancer is often related to asbestos and as such, he has a couple of lawsuits pending against a couple of former employers for exposure to such.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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I sure hate that. That Fearsome Foursome was sure fun to watch.

Olsen's cancer is often related to asbestos and as such, he has a couple of lawsuits pending against a couple of former employers for exposure to such.
I worked in commercial power plant construction for well over two decades and I know guys who have died because of this. Mesothelioma is a brutal condition to have. Almost all of them were insulators working with asbestos. Mesothelioma attacks the outer linings of the lung.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Merlin Olsen, Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman, dies at 69 - ESPN Los Angeles
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