Oliver Adrian MATSON

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1930
Olympic Results

Biography

Oliver Adrian MATSON

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).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

B
400 metres
400 metres Athletics
S
4 x 400 metres Relay
4 x 400 metres Relay Athletics