Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen's L.A. Rams had their share of playoff misfortunes against the Minnesota Vikings. In 1969, the Rams won their first 11 regular-season games and coasted to a division championship. In the playoffs, though, they had to travel to Minnesota, where they blew a 10-point halftime lead and lost, 23-20. Here, some team members pose with a tiny Christmas tree in the snow outside their Minneapolis hotel. From left are Coach George Allen, Merlin Olsen, kicker Bruce Gossett and linebacker Myron Pottios.
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