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Ollie Matson
Position(s)
Halfback
Jersey #(s)
33
Born May 1, 1930 (1930-05-01) (age 79)
Trinity, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19521966
NFL Draft 1952 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
College San Francisco
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 5,173
Average 4.4
Touchdowns 40
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Men’s Athletics
Competitor for  United States
Silver 1952 Helsinki 4x400 metre relay
Bronze 1952 Helsinki 400 metres

Ollie Genoa Matson II (born May 1, 1930 in Trinity, Texas) is a former professional American football running back who played in the National Football League, in 1952 and from 1954 to 1966. He graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco in 1948.

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College career

Matson attended the City College of San Francisco prior to transferring to the University of San Francisco. While in school, Matson became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In 1951, Matson's senior year at USF, he led the nation in rushing yardage and touchdowns en route to leading the Dons to an undefeated season. He was selected as an All-American and finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year.

Drafted #1 by the Chicago Cardinals, he went on to share 1952 Rookie of the Year honors with Hugh McElhenny of the San Francisco 49ers. During his 14-year career, Matson also played for the Los Angeles Rams (traded by the Cardinals for nine Rams players following the 1958 season), the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was named to the Pro Bowl six times (1952, 1954 to 1958). Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972, and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.

Matson also holds a bronze medal in the 400-meter run and a silver medal for the 4x400-meter relay from the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland.

Ollie Matson is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

Life History

Married (1952) Mary Matson, raised four children and still lives in the same Mid-City Los Angeles home he occupied since playing for the Los Angeles Rams. The site is being nominated as the 'Ollie and Mary Matson Residence', a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, as an historic house museum and interpretive center. Museum and Interpretive is Landmarking 2007-2008, being prepared by students of Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Program in Historic Preservation, anticipated listing mid-2008.

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Kickoff return touchdown percentage

The following table ranks all National Football League kick returners with at least 4 touchdown returns through the 2008 season by touchdown return percentage:

Top 25 career
Name TD Returns Yards Average TD % Start End
Gale Sayers 6 91 2781 30.56 6.59% 1965 1971
Devin Hester 6 94 2141 22.8 6.38% 2006 present
Travis Williams 6 102 2801 27.46 5.88% 1967 1971
Bobby Mitchell 5 102 2690 26.37 4.90% 1958 1968
Ollie Matson 6 143 3746 26.20 4.20% 1952 1964
Leon Washington 4 101 2601 25.76 3.96% 2006 present
Jon Vaughn 4 103 2390 23.20 3.88% 1991 1994
Darrick Vaughn 4 103 2620 25.44 3.88% 2000 2003
Cecil Turner 4 108 2616 24.22 3.70% 1968 1973
Justin Miller 5 141 3745 26.62 3.55% 2005 present
Tony Horne 4 143 3577 25.01 2.80% 1998 2000
Timmy Brown 5 186 4781 25.70 2.69% 1959 1968
Abe Woodson 5 193 5538 28.69 2.59% 1958 1966
Joshua Cribbs 8 209 5507 26.35 2.26% 2005 present
Andre Coleman 4 193 4446 23.04 2.07% 1994 1998
Ron Brown 4 199 4493 22.58 2.01% 1984 1990
Terrence McGee 4 206 5420 26.31 1.94% 2003 present
Tamarick Vanover 4 226 5422 23.99 1.77% 1995 1999
Mel Gray 6 421 10250 24.35 1.43% 1986 1997
Dante Hall 6 426 10136 23.79 1.41% 2000 2008
Michael Bates 5 373 9110 24.42 1.34% 1993 2003
Allen Rossum 5 506 11779 23.28 0.99% 1998 present
Brian Mitchell 4 607 14014 23.09 0.66% 1990 2003

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