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Orlando Pace was the foundation for the Greatest Show on Turf.A linemen so dominant that the term "pancake block" was invented for him during his years at Ohio State.
After Peyton Manning decided to stay in school one more year, Pace was the highest rated prospect and expected first overall pick in the 1997 draft. The Rams traded their sixth overall pick as well as their third, fourth and seventh round selections to the Jets in order to select Pace with the first overall selection.
After a three week holdout, Pace played the final 13 games for the Rams his rookie season.
Pace paved the way for Marshall Faulk and protected Kurt Warner during the Greatest Show on Turf, including the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV victory.
During his career, Pace started 165 out of a possible 169 games. He made seven consecutive Pro Bowl's between 1999-2005 and was selected to the NFL 2000's All Decade Team.
Pace will undoubtedly be a first ballot Hall of Famer and it was near impossible not to put him number one. I grew up watching and admiring Pace play the game. He is my second favorite player in Rams history (Marshall Faulk is the only Ram to top him), but I had no choice but to put him second on the list for two reasons.
1) Unfortunately he is the only player on this list to spent even one season not on the Rams roster (played one partial season with the Chicago Bears in 2009)
2) There is no denying that there is only one choice for greatest offensive linemen in Rams history...