Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen dies at 69

FILE - This June 22, 2001, file photo shows Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor Merlin Olsen speaking in Urbandale, Iowa. Associated Press

March 11, 2010 3:09:42 PM PST
Labeled fierce for his relentless play as a Hall of Fame defensive lineman, Merlin Olsen was also gentle enough for a role on one of television's most wholesome shows and as a spokesman in a well-known flower ad campaign.