Top 50 Los Angeles Rams

It is a long road with many stops before we get to the modern incarnation of the Los Angeles Rams and we have to begin by going to Lake Erie and the North Shore where the organization first took shape in Cleveland.

Formed in 1936, the Cleveland Rams were the fourth attempt to put together a professional football team in the city and the team was mediocre year after year bouncing from one stadium to another.  Due to a shortage of players, the Rams suspended play in the 1943 season and returned the following year.  With rookie Quarterback, Bob Waterfield, the Rams won the NFL Championship in 1945, which would be their last in Cleveland.  Owner, Dan Reeves sought a larger venue, namely Los Angeles, which had the 100,000 seat plus Memorial Coliseum and they would become the first major team to switch coasts. 

Football was a hit in Los Angeles and in the 1950’s they were amongst the best in the National Football League.  With a team of stars like Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin, Tom Fears and Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch the Rams went to the NFL Championship three times in the decade and would win their second NFL Title in 1951.  The team went into the 60’s still exceeding popular, but now boasted defensive stars, specifically the “Fearsome Foursome”, who were such a draw that the team became the first in the NFL to draw more than a million fans.

The Rams continued to do well in the 1970’s and they went to their first Super Bowl for the 1979 season but they would fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The 80’s again saw some success but they would change locations and play their home games in Anaheim and the Oakland Raiders relocated south moving to the Coliseum.  This split the L.A. fanbase and the once popular Rams lost the favor of Southern California.  Citing a need for a new stadium, Rams ownership (Georgia Frontiere) moved the team to St. Louis prior to the 1995 season and it was certainly not without controversy as many of the other NFL owners opposed it initially but it did bring football back to St. Louis who used to have the Arizona Cardinals.

The St. Louis Rams in the late 90’s would become one of the most exciting teams in Pro Football with “The Greatest Show on Turf”, a loaded offensive squad featuring Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Orlando Pace and they won Super Bowl XXXIV, the first in franchise history.  They went to Super Bowl XXXVI but lost to the New England Patriots.  After that, the Rams regressed and due to a clause in their lease they were able to leave if their facility was not considered top tier.  Negotiations broke down between the Rams and the city of St. Louis and new owner Stan Kroenke moved the team back to Los Angeles where they are again an elite team and appeared (and lost) Super Bowl LIII. 

We are hoping the team stays in L.A. and continues to build on what at times has been a decorated franchise.


Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.

With the vast amount of players who suited up for the Rams (regardless of the city) that it would be difficult to narrow it down to one player, and it certainly was.  There were other Pro Football Hall of Famer with whom we easily could have slid into the top spot, but we elected to go with Merlin Olsen, the…
If we were to have made this list based on their iconic stature, Deacon Jones would have been #1 and not #2.
Jack Youngblood came from the University of Florida, and the 1st Round Pick would be asked to fill the shoes of possibly the most iconic defensive force in Rams history, Deacon Jones.  Considering the pressure he had to feel that he was under, it is more than safe to say that he did one hell of a job!
Every great team needs a steady presence and for “The Greatest Show on Turf” that was Left Tackle, Orlando Pace.
When we are speaking about the St. Louis Rams and the “Greatest Show on Turf” an engine needs to be referenced.  That engine was Marshall Faulk, the Hall of Fame Running Back for the Rams.
In terms of tenure, there are none in higher standing than Jackie Slater, who played 259 Games in the NFL (plus 18 more in the playoffs) for the Rams in a 20-year career that spanned from 1976 to 1995.  Earning the starting Right Tackle job to commence the 1979 season, Slater would be a fixture there starting 211 of the…
The passing statistics of Bob Waterfield may look poor by today's standards, but when he debuted for the Cleveland Rams after a great career at UCLA, he would take the Cleveland Rams to an NFL Championship as a rookie in 1945.  Waterfield was not just the teams Quarterback as he was also their Kicker and Punter.  He would win the…
Isaac Bruce starred as the top Wide Receiver for the "Greatest Show on Turf," which is no small statement.  A Second Round pick from the University of Memphis, Bruce exploded with a 1,781 Yard season with 13 Touchdowns.  Amazingly, he was not a Pro Bowl selection that year but would be the next season when his 1,338 Yards led the…
Dubbed "Crazy Legs" for the unique way he ran, Elroy Hirsch is one of the most well-known players of his era.  An exceptional athlete at the University of Michigan, Hirsch served as a Marine (like many did back then) and upon his return from duty he led a College All-Star team to a 16-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams,…

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Like so many on the all-time Rams list, Kurt Warner was a hard one to place mainly due to the long existence of the franchise and the number of great players that they had.   So when you have a player regardless of the caliber who was only there six seasons but when three of those campaigns were as spectacular as…
Selected second overall in the 1966 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, Tom Mack would become the teams starting Left Guard midway through the 1966 season and in his sophomore season he would be named to the Pro Bowl.   That year would be the first of eleven trips to the annual game honor showcasing the best players in…
Drafted second overall from SMU in 1983, Eric Dickerson would become the most explosive Running Back in the National Football League.  As a rookie, Dickerson would win the Offensive Rookie of the Year in a season where he led the league in Rushing Yards with 1,808 Yards and 18 Touchdowns, the former being good enough to finish first.  That was…
The Rams arguably landed quite a deal when they drafted Norm Van Brocklin in the fourth round of the 1950 NFL Draft as the QB fell not because he wasn't good but because it was speculated by many that he would stay at the University of Oregon for his senior year.  He didn't, and the Rams would be the beneficiary…
A member of the St. Louis Rams for all but his final season (which was in Jacksonville) the 6th Overall Pick from North Carolina State, Torry Holt had a really good rookie season where he joined the famed (yes we are saying it again) "Greatest Show on Turf" and would be a Super Bowl Champion as a rookie.  Holt would…
Drafted by the New York Yanks second overall Les Richter never suited up for them as they folded.  His rights went to the new Dallas Texans (who pretty much took most of the Yanks), but he never played for them either as he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for 11 players.  While this may look lopsided, it was…