Well, another piece of my younger days is gone.
Merlin Olsen, who I first remembered as an All-Pro defensive tackle on the Rams' Fearsome Foursome with Deacon Jones, and later on the TV show Father Murphy, was easily one of the best color guys in the announcing business. He and Dick Enberg formed a formidable team in the 80s, and I always enjoyed listening to their calls.
Smart, savvy guy with a great voice. And for a guy that starred on such violent a line, he always seemed a gentleman.
He was 69.