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Ollie Matson

Full name: Ollie Genoa Matson
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: May 1, 1930 in Trinity, Texas, United States
Died: February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: San Francisco Dons, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Other SR Links: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Biography

In 1948, as an 18-year-old schoolboy, Ollie Matson competed in the 400 m at the Final Trials, but failed to make the Olympic team. Four years later he won two medals at the Helsinki Olympics and signed a pro football contract immediately after the Olympics. While at the University of San Francisco, Matson was the top college runner in his senior year, carrying for 1,566 yards, at the time the second best season total ever in college football. He led the NCAA in scoring and rushing and was a first-team All-America selection. He led the Dons to an undefeated 9-0 record but they were denied a chance to play in a Bowl Game as the major bowls refused to invite them, because Matson and his teammate Burl Toler were black.

Matson became one the best running backs in the NFL, playing for the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles. He was an all-league selection in 1954-57 and was voted MVP of the 1955 Pro Bowl Game. When he retired in 1966, after 14 years in the NFL, he was second only to the legendary Jimmy Brown in combined rushing yardage. His heroics earned him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. After his pro career ended, he became a football coach, teacher, scout, and official.

Personal Best\: 400 – 46.6 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Final 3 46.8 46.94 5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 46.7 46.99
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 47.4 47.53
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States Round One Heat Twelve 1 QU 48.1 48.17

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Final 2 3:04.0 3:04.21 46,7
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:11.5 3:11.67