The Curious Career Paths Of Norm Van Brocklin And Roman Gabriel


Tracking the movements of players during their careers is sometimes entertaining. Many players stay with one franchise for all or a bulk of their career, while other players skip around from team to team. Occasionally an oddity arises though that can be fun to look at.

For instance: The curious career paths of Norm Van Brocklin and Roman Gabriel.

Norm Van Brocklin was one of the best quarterbacks of his era. He can to the Rams and played with them for the bulk of his career, from 1949 to 1957. In the end, he would move on to Philadelphia and play with the Eagles from 1958 to 1960. He would have a good amount of success in both cities. He would also move on to coaching afterwards with stints with both the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons.

Roman Gabriel was also a star quarterback in the National Football League, setting many records during his time and being one of the more effective players at his position during the eral in which he played. He came to the Rams as a rookie in 1962, two seasons after Van Brocklin had left, and starred for the team through 1972. Like Brocklin, when his time with the Rams ended, Gabrield would find himself quarterbacking the Eagles. He played in Philadelphia from 1973 to 1977, where he was also somewhat successful. Gabriel too woUld go on to coaching, but at a different level, as he was the head coach of the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football during the 1991/92 season.

Both Van Brocklin and Gabriel would play the largest span of their careers with the Rams organization before moving on to play well for the Eagles at the ends of their careers. They also did so nearly back to back as Gabriel virtually took over the Rams after Brocklin departed. This trend would be somewhat altered the next time around, although the teams would remain the same. Gabriel had been the Rams quarterback through 1972. From 1974 to 1976, the Rams had a little used quarterback who would then go on to star for the Eagles from 1977 to 1986, his name was Ron Jaworski.

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