Friday, March 12, 2010

RIP Merlin Olsen

A sad day.

Before the late 1950s, almost all of the N.F.L.’s biggest stars played offense. Many teams never even introduced their defensive players before the game.


Early in his career, Olsen was a devastating pass-rusher. His favorite move was the basic bull-rush. He would pound and pound on a usually smaller guard, then supplement it with an additional tactic not available to today’s pass rushers: the head-slap. I even remember him occasionally using the double head-slap.


  1. He *still* holds the Rams record for tackles. Amazing. Yet, in his obit, most papers touted him as an actor on Little House on the Prairie. What a fucking shame.

  2. Providing that kind of insightful color commentary is exactly why we brought you on board. Welcome Andy!