Actor, football player Merlin Olsen dead

AP: Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor Merlin Olsen has died. He was 69.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor Merlin Olsen has died. He was 69.

Utah State, Olsen’s alma mater, said he died outside of Los Angeles early Thursday after battling cancer. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining, last year. …

Olsen was an All-American at Utah State and a first-round draft pick of the Los Angles Rams in 1962. (read more below)