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Ollie Matson

AKA Ollie Genoa Matson, Jr.

Born: 1-May-1930
Birthplace: Trinity, TX
Died: 19-Feb-2011
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Respiratory failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: NFL Hall of Famer

All-America running back at the University of San Francisco, who then had a long career in the National Football League, playing 14 pro seasons and gaining 5,173 yards on 1,170 carries. Played in six Pro Bowl games, and named Most Valuable Player for the 1956 game. Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1972.

Father: Ollie Genoa Matson
Mother: Gertrude (teacher)
Sister: Ocie Thompson (twin)
Wife: Mary Louise Paige (m. 1952, two sons, two daughters)
Son: Ollie III
Son: Bruce
Daughter: Lisa
Daughter: Barbara

    High School: George Washington High School, San Francisco, CA (1948)
    University: City College of San Francisco (transferred)
    University: University of San Francisco

    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
    Olympic Bronze Medal 1952 (400 meter run)
    Olympic Silver Medal 1952 (4x400 meter relay)
    Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972
    College Football Hall of Fame 1976
    Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1983

    SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
    Philadelphia Eagles (1964-66)
    Detroit Lions (1963)
    Los Angeles Rams (1959-62)
    Chicago Cardinals (1954-58)
    Chicago Cardinals (1952)

Appears on the cover of:
Sports Illustrated, 7-Oct-1957


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