Coy Bacon, Former Los Angeles Rams Star, Dead at the Age of 66

john dmytrukCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2009

Los Angeles Rams standout pass rusher Coy Bacon died at the age of 66 in Cincinnati on Dec. 22, 2008. 

The Rams picked up Bacon in 1968 from the Continental Football League, a minor league.  He became part of the then famous "Fearsome Foursome" and played behind Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Roger Brown, and Lamar Lundy.  He became a starter in '69.

Bacon played for the Rams from 1968 to 1972, and during that time he made the Pro Bowl three times.  The Rams' Alumni Organization voted him Defensive Lineman of the Year in '71 and '72.

They sent him to the Chargers as part of a package deal for quarterback John Hadl in 1973. In 1976 the Chargers traded him to the Bengals for Charlie Joiner, and in 1978 the Redskins signed him to the team with which he would finish out his career.   

After retiring, Coy went on to become a motivational speaker. He also worked with young people in Ironton, Ohio.