Little recalls would-be teammate Olsen

Floyd Little reflected Thursday on what it would have been like to be teammates with Merlin Olsen.

It could have happened.

In 1962, Olsen was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and the Denver Broncos of the AFL. Olsen selected the security of the NFL and the Rams.

“That would have been something,” said Little, a newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer and a Bronco from 1967 to 1975. “We would have been a lot better with Merlin Olsen.”

The Hall of Fame defensive lineman died Thursday. He was 69.

Little said it was a tough day. The two played against each other often. Little said the two became friendly at Pro Bowls and other functions throughout their careers.

“I’m very saddened to learn of Merlin’s passing. He was a great player, a great player. He was also a great person. He wasn’t an atypical football player. He was a great human being with a lot of skills. He was very special.”