Ollie Matson joined the Chicago Cardinals as a rookie in 1952. He played both ways and earned a Pro Bowl berth for his former college coach Joe Kuharich, yet his talents had not been used to their utmost. Returning from the military; his 1954 season got off to a slow start. Though the lowly Cardinals struggled to win a game, Matson, in the last seven games of the year, gained 467 yards rushing on 80 carries.
|Ollie Matson with Cardinals. Colorization by John Turney|
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October 1st, 1961, the Steelers were in the Coliseum to take on a Rams team that has won just 4 of their past 24 games. The score is tied late in the 4th quarter; Los Angeles is faced with a 3rd and 8 situation on their own 4-yard line. Ollie comes off the ball quickly from his slot right position and heads to the middle of the field where he takes Frank Ryan's accurate pass over his shoulder and dashes 96 yards for the go ahead score. Later in the year he scores against the Bears on an 84-yard pass reception.
|Ollie Matson with Rams. Colorization by John Turney|
|Matson, Eagles. Photo courtesy Legacy.com|