​Merlin J. Olsen Aggie All-American

#36 ​Merlin J. Olsen Aggie All-American

Blair Buswell
American, b. 1956

​Merlin J. Olsen Aggie All-American, 2010

Bronze, 9' x 5' x 3.5'

The monumental bronze statue Merlin J. Olsen Aggie All-American is located at the south entrance of Maverik Stadium. It commemorates the life of Merlin J. Olsen, arguably the most famous USU alumnus in history. He played on the defensive line of USU’s football team from 1959 to 1961 and was a three-time academic All-American at USU. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1962 with a degree in Finance. Olsen is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, Utah State University Sports Hall of Fame, and USU’s All-Century Football Team. After playing professional football for the Los Angeles Rams for 15 years, he was honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and enjoyed a successful career in television and sports broadcasting.