The passing of someone special always means different things to different people. The passing of Merlin Olsen may not mean anything to those who never saw him play defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams or know him as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But I considered myself privileged to have been able to share time with him and work with him once I was inducted into the Hall working on Hall of Fame projects together. More importantly I was honored to serve as an advocate with Merlin on behalf of all former players for better benefits and pensions as part of the NFL Alliance. To those who didn’t know Merlin he was a tremendously compassionate and gentle man who wanted the best for his NFL brethren. If you are a former player I hope you know we’ve suffered a huge loss in the football fraternity.
We all love you Merlin, you’ve earned our respect. Rest in peace!