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If the Fearsome Foursome had lived in another time, they probably would have been part of a marauding army, sacking cities instead of quarterbacks. There was something majestic about those four distinct personalities who came together 22 years ago with the Los Angeles Rams to popularize and set the standard for defensive linemen. They had size and range and were always on the attack.

And they did it with flair and elan that were inimitable. They have secured their place in professional football history and, perhaps, are as well known today as they were in their heyday. Three of the four, Jones, Olsen and Grier, have kept their names before the public as actors, entertainers, television personalities and spokesmen for commercial products. In addition, Grier is also an ordained minister. Lundy was overlooked. As a group, though, they made a mighty impression. For starters, there was a Bunyanesque quality about these warriors. Lundy stood 6 feet 7 inches and the others topped out at Arguably, this was the definitive front four, but did they really make up the best defensive line of all time?

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No other defensive-line unit has more than a single inductee. Curiously, the Fearsome Foursome played together for only four seasons,and were only on one winning team. Yet their identity remains strong. Lundy began his career with the Rams as a tight end from Purdue in He was moved to defense in Jones was an obscure 14th-round draft choice from South Carolina State. He played briefly as an offensive lineman in his rookie season of before finding his natural niche on defense.

Olsen, from Utah State, was a first-round NFL draft choice in and became a starter in his rookie season. Lundy played for the Rams untilthen finished his career in with the Chargers. He suffered from a thyroid ailment in and had diabetes by Grier suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the exhibition season, which ended his career. Olsen played 15 seasons for the Rams, making the Pro Bowl each year. He was the last active member of the Fearsome Foursome to retire. Deacon Jones was snapping pictures of Deacon Jones when interviewed recently at his Studio City apartment.

His camera closed in on a replica of his bust that resides in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. That bust will also be prominent in the Single Wing Shoppes that Deacon and his partners will open in Florida this month. Single Wing will sell Buffalo-style chicken wings and other barbecue selections. Looks just like The Deacon. Jones said that once his Florida operation is smooth he plans to expand, selling franchises to other NFL players and former players. Jones, 46, has always been a promoter. Flamboyant, audacious, outspoken and shrewd, he promoted himself as a player, although his actions on the field spoke louder than any message he delivered at press conferences.

Known as the Secretary of Defense in his All-Pro years, Jones brought fan recognition, once reserved for backs and ends, to linemen with his slashing, ferocious and often innovative assaults on quarterbacks. Jones is credited with bringing the head slap to pro football. He would cuff and daze an offensive tackle, then streak by him to his quarry, the quarterback.

Every sportswriter of his era is indebted to him, though, because he embellished their stories with his colorful, postgame s of his exploits on the field.

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He had great speed. But as spectacular as Jones was, he had to integrate his game with his talented teammates on the line. His analysis of the other three:. I did copy his ability to slap. If he had to make an adjustment to sacrifice his life and limb, he would make it. A lot of the plays I made were because he or the others would make the sacrifice. Scouts were interested in some running backs but when they noticed that Jones was outrunning them, he was drafted instead.

I left some problems in South Carolina. I was mixed up in lunch-counter demonstrations then. I was a maverick. I had the water treatment and the dogs and all that stuff and even spent some time in jail. I went from the depths of despair to the top. His face, his voice, his presence have been before the public since his rookie season with the Rams in Look up quickly while driving and there is Olsen adorning a billboard as the national spokesman for FTD flowers.

Seldom has any athlete made such a smooth transition from the playing field to so many visible and rewarding careers as Olsen has. Ole, as he is known, was the rock of the Fearsome Foursome. Analytical and intelligent, he always managed to put things in perspective.

He was never really a rookie in one sense of the word. He lined up one day between some pylons in what was called a freeway drill and just destroyed the veterans who opposed him. At andhe was strong. In fact, a frustrated veteran lineman, Urban Henry, said that Olsen was nothing more than a flop-eared mule after the giant rookie had beaten him up in the pit. So Olsen was called Muley for a while. He still maintains contact with Jones, his long-time partner on the left side of the line, and Grier. A lot of those groups have come forward since that time.

I think we were one of the first teams, if not the first, to incorporate stunts into blitzes and red dogs as a regular part of defensive patterns. The Fearsome Foursome stopped the run on the move. They defied teams to try to run on them and had the statistics to back them up.

Their main objective, though, was to sack the quarterback.

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There were times, though, when teams would double team all four of us, or change their blocking patterns just to hold us down--which was a nice compliment. So it was everyone they had except the quarterback and one receiver to keep the four of us off the quarterback. The Rams either led the league in rushing defense and sacks, or were among the leaders, during the Fearsome Foursome years--yet the team, overall, floundered.

The record was ininin If we were blessed with a complete defensive team, as we were later on, we could have dominated people unmercifully. The of sacks we got came despite the fact that there were always receivers open.

So the Fearsome Foursome was virtually alone in the trench during some losing seasons. There was a bond among them that exists to this day.

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The Fearsome Foursome will be together again today in Washington, D. There is Grier, the entertainer, both singer and actor, who had his own television show and had many guest spots on others. Then, there is Grier, who wrapped his massive arms around Sirhan Sirhan after he had assassinated Robert Kennedy in the narrow kitchen corridor of the Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 5, Every time my phone rang I jumped because kids called me to bail them out of jail, or said they were going to kill someone.

He just turned off. He moved into a swinging singles complex and divorced his wife. Then, Grier began to read the Bible and took his 4-year-old son, Rosey Jr. Later, he got together with his estranged wife, Margie, and the family came together again. My life is committed to the inner city to work with the young people to help make their lives change. I see young people with great potential whose lives are snuffed out by booze, or drugs, or getting into trouble. My objective is to make sure that every individual who has an opportunity to influence life will do it.

Grier is a leader.

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He became one when he was traded to the Rams ina trade that hurt him because he had thought he was a fixture with the Giants. They had a lot of leaders. So I took a stand and the Fearsome Foursome came together. That concept seemed to make the Rams uncomfortable, but they eventually understood it, Grier said. The other members of the foursome had not attained that celebrity.

It may be difficult to perceive, considering the violent nature of the game he played, but Grier abhorred unnecessary violence. I had a big 4some in California with my guys in New York because some of them deliberately tried to hurt someone.

We win by playing by the rules. They always thought you had to play angry. I always wanted to have fun. I always respected every guy who was on the field. That was very disgusting to me when guys would deliberately do that and I spoke up. Lundy, a giant of a man, was withering away. He was already suffering from a thyroid ailment and diabetes, and now another disease had invaded his body. Myasthenia gravis, from the Greek and Latin, means serious muscle weakness. It is a rare ailment that is characterized by varying weakness of voluntary muscles, which is partially relieved by rest.

Symptoms include blurred or double vision, drooping of the eyelids, loss of facial expression, difficulty in breathing, in moving arms, hands and fingers, in flexing lower limbs, emotional upsets, loss of sleep and susceptibility to respiratory infections. I had a negative reaction from a lot of the medicines I was on. But diabetes can cause you a lot of problems from strokes and heart attacks.

It can kill you. My metabolism was stepped up. I was being triple-teamed and I had to fight it all by myself. It was when Lundy was at his lowest ebb in a hospital bed in Los Angeles that he rearranged his priorities. I was hooked up to a lot of pumps and being fed through the 4some in California. And they had to put ice on me to keep me from burning up. When you go through that, you go through something in your mind and certain things become important to you. I just wanted to be with my family. This is the life he envisioned when he was in that dark pit.

But now that I have accepted Jesus Christ it seems like my world has turned around, the mountains have been moved. I feel good inside. Lundy played for the Rams for 13 years, longer than any player at that time. He also held an obscure NFL record--most interception touchdowns by a defensive lineman.

Although Lundy was a valued member of the Fearsome Foursome, he never received the acclaim during his playing career that was accorded his more publicized teammates. Whoever got the most publicity of the group, Merlin, Rosey or Deacon, we were still looked at as a group. The reason we are remembered is that we were successful as a group. All Sections. About Us. B2B Publishing. Business Visionaries. Hot Property.

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