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7. Bob Waterfield

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 MVP Award that season, a rarity for any rookie in any sport.

After that win, the Rams relocated to Los Angeles, but he was still an incredible player finishing second in passing yards, and he was chosen to his second straight First Team All-Pro Team.  He would regress a bit in the years after but in 1949 he was a First Team All-Pro again, and in 1950 and 1951 he would be named to the first two Pro Bowls.  More importantly, Waterfield would help the Rams won another NFL Championship in 1951.  In 1952, he would share the Quarterback role with another future Hall of Famer, Norm Van Brocklin.

The husband of Jane Russell (pretty impressive, right?) would later have a stable coaching career after his retirement following the 1952 season.

Waterfield would enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 42nd Overall in the Amateur Draft 4/19/44.
  • Departed: Retired 12/1/52.
  • Games Played: 91
  • Notable Statistics:

    57 Games Started

    814 Completions

    1,617 Attempts

    50.3 Completion Percentage

    97 Touchdown Passes

    128 Interceptions

    61.6 Quarterback Rating

    70 Rushing Attempts

    21 Rushing Yards

    13 Rushing Touchdowns

    3 Receptions

    19 Receiving Yards

    60 Field Goals Made

    119 Field Goal Attempts

    54.5 Field Goal Percentage

    315 Extra Points Made

    336 Extra Points Attempts

    315 Punts

    13,367 Punting Yards
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Champion (1945 & 1951)

    Joe F. Carr Trophy (1945)

    First Team All Pro (1945, 1946 & 1949)

    Second Team All Pro (1950)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1950 & 1951)

    Most Completions (1946)

    Most Attempts (1946)

    Most Touchdown Passes (1945 & 1946)

    Highest Passer Rating (1951)

    Most Yards per Attempt (1945 & 1951)

    Most Yards per Completion (1945, 1948 & 1951)

    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (1950)

    Most Extra Points Made (1945, 1946, 1950 & 1952)

    Most Extra Point Attempts (1946, 1950 & 1952)

    Most Field Goals Made (1947, 1949 & 1951)

    Most Field Goal Attempts (1947 & 1951)

    Highest Field Goal Percentage (1946 & 1952)
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