St. Louis Rams
Facts and information about the St. Louis Rams
- The first TD pass Nick Foles would throw as a member of the St. Louis Rams was caught by Lance Kendricks.
- The first three quarterbacks in Rams history to throw 30 or more TD passes in a season were Vince Ferragamo, Jim Everett, and Kurt Warner.
- The last TD pass Sam Bradford threw as a member of the Rams was a four yarder to running back Zac Stacy.
- The team was known as the Los Angeles Rams, relocating to St. Louis in 1995 and keeping the Rams name. This was the second time the team had relocated, as they were originally (1936-1945) the Cleveland Rams before moving to Los Angeles in 1946.
- When Dick Vermeil was coach of the Rams they had traded with the Washington Redskins to acquire Quarterback Trent Green. Later as Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Vermeil traded with St. Louis to obtain Green again.
Longtime Rams running back Marshall Faulk is a distant cousin to Patriots running back Kevin Faulk.
In 1951, Rams quarterback Norm Van Brocklin threw for 548 yards in a game, setting the record for passing yards in a game.
In one of the more unusual stats for Defensive Ends, former Rams great Deacon Jones is one for one on extra point attempts. This extra point occurred in his last season when he played for the Washington Redskins.
Rams running back Eric Dickerson didn’t average less than 4.1 yards per carry for the first eight years of his NFL career.
In 1969 Dick Vermeil was hired by the then Los Angeles Rams as the first Special Teams Coach ever in the NFL.
- Running back Steven Jackson caught TD passes from three different quarterbacks during his career with the Rams: Marc Bulger, Jamie Martin, and Sam Bradford.
- The first time Todd Gurley touched the football in an NFL regular season game he gained two yards and was tackled by Lawrence Timmons of the Steelers.
- The Rams had eight different players have 100 yard rushing games during the 1980s: Eric Dickerson, Greg Bell, Charles White, Wendell Tyler, Elvis Peacock, Jewerl Thomas, Cullen Bryant, and Barry Redden.
- Between 2008 and 2014, a span of seven seasons, the Rams had seven different leading receivers: Torry Hold, Donnie Avery, Danny Amendola, Brandon Lloyd, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, and Kenny Britt.
- Sam Bradford threw 59 touchdown passes as the quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.
Following the 1958 season, the Rams traded nine players to the Cardinals for future hall-of-fame running back Ollie Matson.
In 1974, the Los Angeles Rams traded 34 year old quarterback John Hadl to the Green Bay Packers for two first round draft picks, two second round draft picks, and a third round draft pick. This trade is usually included on the best/worst-trade-ever list.
In a 1975 playoff win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams linebacker Jack Youngblood tipped a pass, intercepted it, and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. Later in the game he caused a fumble that was recovered by a teammate and then went on to block an extra point attempt.
One of the more successful of the Rams head coaches, John Robinson also served as head coach of the USC Trojans on two separate occasions (1976-1982 and then again from 1993-1997).
Former Rams head coach Dick Vermeil owns the distinction of being named Coach of the Year at four different levels; high school, junior college, NCAA Division I, and the NFL.
Defensive end Jack Youngblood played the entire 1979/80 playoffs, including the Rams’ Super Bowl loss to the Steelers, with a fractured left fibula.
Hall-of-Fame Defensive Lineman Deacon Jones was drafted in the 14th round of the NFL Draft.
The first player released off the Rams active roster after the team moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles was quarterback Chris Chandler.
Hall-of-Fame Defensive Lineman Jack Youngblood also spent time as the sometime placekicker at the University of Florida.
Former Colts great Bert Jones finished his career playing for the Los Angeles Rams.
- For fifteen seasons the Rams played their home games in Anaheim, California but continued to be known as the Los Angeles Rams.
- The Rams won the 1945 NFL Championship while in Cleveland, moving to Los Angeles the very next year.
- Because of worker shortages due to World War II, the Rams sat out the 1943 NFL season.
- The longest TD run of Steven Jackson’s career was a 59 yarder in a Rams win over the Vikings in 2006.
- Nick Foles wears jersey number 5 for the Rams. Other Rams players who have worn that number in the past include Dieter Brock, Dale Hatcher, Donnie Jones, and Sean Landeta.
- In one of the most unique trades in professional sports history, 1971 saw Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom trade his entire franchise to Rams owner Robert Irsay. Essentially the two owners swapped complete organizations. No players or other personnel changed teams in the transaction.
- The Rams almost moved to Baltimore before the move to St. Louis was approved in 1995.
- Rams star Running Back Eric Dickerson was elected to the Pro Bowl, won Rookie-of-the-Year, and NFL Player-of-the-Year during his rookie season.
- In 1984, his second season in the league, Rams Running Back Eric Dickerson broke O.J. Simpson’s single season rushing record by rushing for 2,105 yards. He also broke the record for 100 yard games in a season by accomplishing that milestone 12 different times in 1984.
- When the Rams traded star Running Back Eric Dickerson to the Colts in a three way trade involving the Bills, they received back Running Back Greg Bell and three first round draft picks.
- Former Rams Quarterback Kurt Warner played in the Arena Football League and was out of football entirely before joining the Rams and eventually winning both Super Bowl and League MVP awards.
- In Eric Dickerson’s rookie year with the Los Angeles Rams, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), rushing yards (1,808), and rushing touchdowns (18).
- In a strange coincidence, the Rams traded away one of their most dominant Running Backs (Eric Dickerson) to the Colts in the 1980s, and then received one of their most dominant Running Backs (Marshall Faulk) in a trade from the Colts in 1999.
- In former Running Back Marshall Faulk’s second game in college he ran for 386 yards and scored 44 points in a San Diego State University victory.
- The Rams gave up a second round and a fifth round pick in the trade that brought Marshall Faulk to the team.
- With St. Louis, Marshall Faulk became the second player ever to have over 1,000 yards each rushing and receiving in one season (49ers Roger Craig was the first).
- Running Back Marshall Faulk is the first player ever to lead his team in receptions in five different seasons while playing the position of Running Back. The first three times he did this he played for the Colts.
- The Rams were the first American professional football team with a logo on their helmets.
- During 1937, the Rams first year in football, their uniforms were red and black. The next year they changed to the more familiar blue and gold.
- During the 1960s, the Rams played primarily in uniforms of blue and white.
- In 1985, while gaining a record 2,105 yards, Running Back Eric Dickerson would average 5.6 yards per carry for the Los Angeles Rams.
- After the 2000 Super Bowl victory the gold in the team colors was changed to a more metallic gold (official name: New Century Gold).
- Longtime NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was also an early General Manager of the Rams.
- In 1965, Bob Waterfield became the first former Ram to be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame.
- The first three, and so far only, Head Coaches of the Rams to win NFL titles or Super Bowls each only coached the Rams for three seasons or less; Adam Walsh (1945-1946), Joe Stydahar (1950-1952), and Dick Vermeil (1997-1999).
- Chuck Knox had two separate coaching stints with the Los Angeles Rams, 1973-1977 and 1992-1994.
- Former Head Coach Dick Vermeil has the odd distinction of winning a Super Bowl with the Rams and having a below .500 record with the Rams (25-26).
- There are three former St. Louis Cardinals players honored in the St. Louis Rams Ring-of-Honor; Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, and Dan Dierdorf.
- Hall-of-Fame Quarterback, and New York Jets all-time great, Joe Namath played the final year of his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977.
- The first former Ram to be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame and have also played with the team in St. Louis was Jackie Slater who played during the Rams first season in St. Louis (1995) before retiring.
- The first person associated with the St. Louis Rams to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall-of-Fame was former Head Coach Dick Vermeil.
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