Ollie Matson

Matson was an <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="National Football League" href="/topic/sports/football/national-football-league-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a> Hall of Famer who played on some of the worst Rams teams. The Texas native blocked, caught passes and, early in his career, played defense as well as offense. Thanks to his Olympic-caliber speed -- he won two medals in the 1952 Helsinki Games -- he was known for his breakaway running with the ball. He was 80. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ollie-matson-20110220,0,5617804.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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( Associated Press / March 13, 2014 )

Matson was an NFL Hall of Famer who played on some of the worst Rams teams. The Texas native blocked, caught passes and, early in his career, played defense as well as offense. Thanks to his Olympic-caliber speed -- he won two medals in the 1952 Helsinki Games -- he was known for his breakaway running with the ball. He was 80. Full obituary

Notable deaths of 2010

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