Former Eagles Hall of Fame Running Back Ollie Matson Died at 80

By Bryn Swartz

Ollie Matson, a Hall of Fame running back who played for the Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles, died on Saturday at age 80.

Matson rushed for 5173 yards and scored 40 touchdowns in his 14-year career. He joined the Eagles in 1964 at the age of 34.

Matson credits his three seasons with the Eagles as the finest of his professional career. He says that everybody had written him off but the Eagles’ coach, Joe Kuharich, believed in Matson and gave him a second chance.

During his three seasons with the Eagles, Matson played sparingly, carrying just 147 times for 608 yards and seven touchdowns.

Matson earned six Pro Bowl selections throughout his NFL career. He was named a First-Team All Pro five times.

He never rushed for 1000 yards in a season but he also never topped 200 carries. He averaged almost 15 yards per reception, and returned three punts and six kicks for touchdowns.

Matson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

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