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Rams Signing Young Defensive Stars

May 23, 1963 - Defensive ends David (Deacon) Jones (#75 with Frank Gifford) and Larry Stephens and defensive tackle Merlin Olsen (#74), who represent three fourths of the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive line, have signed contracts for the 1963 NFL season. The youngsters — Jones and Stephens are three-year pros and Olsen is a sophomore — boast a combined weight of 785 pounds. “I honestly believe these three players are going to become standouts in the league,” said Ram coach Harland Savre yesterday. Coming out of college, Olsen had offers from both the Rams and the Denver Broncos of the rival American Football League. He chose the security of the NFL and signed with the Rams.

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