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38.  Roman Gabriel
In the early 1960s, to say that the Los Angeles Rams were bad would be an understatement.  Things began to change slowly once Roman Gabriel really came into his own as their Quarterback.

By the late ’60s, it was evident that Gabriel was a top-flight Quarterback in the NFL, and he cemented that with the 1969 NFL MVP Award.  He brought the Rams to respectability and made them a legitimate championship threat.  He posted very good numbers for the Rams and his powerful arm had few rivals.

Like many offensive stars form the 60’s and 70’s, Roman Gabriel has watched many of the ’90s and 00’s record huge offensive statistics that shattered that of the previous generation.  This could be the primary reason why Gabriel and others like him haven’t made a dent with the Football Hall of Fame committee.

Should Roman Gabriel be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 88.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1983
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
  • College: North Carolina State
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd Overall in 1962
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP Most Valuable Player (1) (1969)
    Bert Bell Award (1) (1969)
    UPI MVP (1) (1969)
    NEA MVP (1) (1969)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (1) (1973)
    Pro Bowl MVP (1) (1968)
    Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1967, 1968, 1969, & 1973)
    First Team All-Pro Selections (1) (1969)
    Most Completions (1) (1973)
    Most Attempts (2) (1970 & 1973)
    Most Passing Yards (1) (1973)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (2) (1969 & 1973)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (1) (1973)
    Most Attempts per Game (3) (1970, 1973 & 1974)
    Most Completions per Game (2) (1973 & 1974)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1967)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (9) (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (10) (1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (8) (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (7) (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passer Rating (8) (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (11) (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 & 1974)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Attempts (3) (1963, 1967 & 1968)
    Top Ten Finishes: Attempts per Game (12) (1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Completions per Game (11) (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (5) (1966, 1967, 1969, 1973 & 1974)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 40.  Passes Attempted: 4,498
    45.  Passing Touchdowns: 201
    52.  Passing Yards: 29,444
    54.  Passes Completed: 2,366
    72.  Yards per Completion: 12.4
    97.  Attempts per Game: 24.6

Should Roman Gabriel be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 88.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.6%
Last modified on Sunday, 16 February 2020 05:27

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+6 #1 Stevie 2014-06-09 23:09
Gabe never played played in the AFL, like it says under accomplishments.
He definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. If he was playing in this era he would be in the same category as Tom Brady.
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