Number 27 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” was Merlin Olsen. Olsen was a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted out of Utah State in 1962 in the first round as the third overall pick. Probably due to the era of his play he was picked just 92 by the fans.
Merlin Olsen played for 15 seasons and during that time played in 208 games. He played in the Pro-Bowl every year.
Merlin Olsen was a member of the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome.” Probably the best-known player in that group was Deacon Jones but personally I think that Jones wouldn’t have done as well if it hadn’t been for Olsen getting so much attention.
Olsen was the Rookie of the Year in 1962 and was picked to the Rams’ All-Time Team in 1970.
After his illustrious career Olsen found additional work in acting and announcing. In both cases he did an outstanding job.
Merlin Olsen was the type of player you would point to as the type of person you would want your kids to emanate.
Olsen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. Unfortunately he died in March of this year (2010) of a rare form of cancer at age 69.
Number 26 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is defensive tackle Bob Lilly so in this article I guess we have the “DT’s,” get it, the shakes? I apologize for that.
Bob Lilly was picked in the first round by the Cowboys out of Texas Christian. He was the first pick by the Cowboys (all-time in 1961) and 13th pick overall. Lilly was a great defensive lineman who had great strength and was very quick. He played in 196 games over 14 seasons.
Lilly was named to 11 Pro-Bowls and missed just 1 game in 14 years. He was renowned as a pass rusher. While he did not look strong he was probably the strongest guy on the team.
He finally won a Super Bowl after losing five championship games.
Bob Lilly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980 and was picked Number 97 by the fans.
Hall of Fame Website, “Merlin Olsen”
NFL Network Website, “Merlin Olsen DT”
You Tube Website, “Merlin Olsen-#27 from Top 100 Greatest Players”
Hall of Fame Website, “Bob Lilly”
NFL Network Website, “Bob Lilly DT”
You Tube Website, “Bob Lilly-#26 from Top 100 Greatest Players”