Hall of Fame RB Matson dies

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San Francisco - Hall of Fame running back Ollie Matson died Saturday at the age of 80, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Matson played 14 years in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals (1952-58), the Los Angeles Rams (1959-62), Detroit Lions (1963) and Philadelphia Eagles (1964-66).

The third overall pick of the 1952 draft, Matson shared Rookie of the Year honors with Hugh McElhenny of the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1959, the Rams traded a record nine players to get Matson.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Matson rushed for 5,173 yards and 40 touchdowns over his career. He also recorded 3,285 yards and 23 scores receiving.

Matson, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1972, also won two medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland. He captured bronze in the 400-meter run and a silver for the 1,600-meter relay.

Matson attended college at the University of San Francisco. In his senior year at USF, Matson led the nation in rushing yardage and touchdowns, helping the Dons go undefeated.


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