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Rest In Peace, Guy Who Portrayed Mister Edwards

Goodnight, sweet prince.

NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen has sadly passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with mesothelioma.

Olsen was a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line of the Los Angeles Rams which also featured Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier. Olsen was also a 14-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

But the gentle giant was perhaps even more well-known for his post-football career. Olsen effortlessly made the transition to color commentator on AFC broadcasts on NBC, working with who would become a longtime friend, Dick Enberg.

But I will perhaps remember Merlin Olsen even more for his television acting work and spokesperson duties. Who can forget his portrayal of cantankerous Mister Edwards on Little House on the Prairie or later in his role as Mark Gordon, once again working with Michael Landon, on Highway to Heaven? I can even recall from a young age his work as spokesman for STD Flowers? You know, that company who would provide the much-needed service of lessening the blow when you had to inform that special someone in your life that you gave them gonorrhea by delivering beautiful floral arrangements?

Yeah, that was nice.

(waiting for it, waiting for it)

Olsen, Hall of Famer and member of ‘Fearsome Foursome,’ dies [NFL.com]