Dieter Brock is often overlooked by many football fans, but the circumstances surrounding his career are very interesting to say the least. Rams fans remember him for leading them to the NFC Championship game following the 1985 NFL season. Curiously, this was his only season in the league, but not in professional football.
Dieter Brock played football collegiately at both Auburn University and Jacksonville State. After graduation, he began his career as a backup quarter back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He would go on to move into the starting quarterback role in the middle of the 1975 season, and eventually lead the entire CFL in passing four years in a row. He would also go on to win back-to-back CFL Most Outstanding Player awards in 1980 and 1981.
The Blue Bombers traded Brock to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1983, and he would lead the team to the Grey Cup Championship Game in 1984, only to lose to his former team, Winnipeg.
In 1985, Brock signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams. At the age of 35, Dieter Brock became a rookie quarterback in the NFL. He would throw 365 passes that year, completing 218 of them, with 16 touchdowns. He would go 11-4 as a starter that season, and the Rams would go all the way to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Chicago Bears.
Having played just one season in the NFL and leading his team to the conference championship game, Brock would retire following the 1985 season. Following his playing career, Brock held a number of coaching positions, including offensive coordinator at both the college and CFL level. In 1995, Dieter Brock would be elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.