St. Louis Rams: The Second Coming of the Fearsome Foursome

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St. Louis Rams: The Second Coming of the Fearsome Foursome
Courtesy of Kate Lucas - The Orange County Register

When looking back into the history of professional football, there is one defensive line who stands out among the rest. The Fearsome Foursome was a nasty group of defensive players for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. They were known for their dominant and merciless play in the trenches.

Dick Butkus said these four men were the most dominant line in football history. The only downfall statistically is that the NFL didn't start recording sacks for defensive players until 1982.

Lamar Lundy was a 6'7" All-Pro who was a monster of a pass-rusher off the end.

Rosie Grier, the All-Pro tackle who came from the New York Giants in 1963, officially anchored the Fearsome Foursome for the Rams.

Merlin Olson is a Hall of Fame defensive tackle who was a first-round pick in 1962 and never missed a single game in his 15-season playing career.

Deacon Jones, also a Hall of Famer, is known for being a 14th-round draft pick who was unofficially the first player to record 20 sacks in a season, as he had 22 in 1964.

Great defensive lines have come and gone after the Foursome, but it seems the Rams have not had the gritty bull-rushers they once had in the 60s and 70s. That has all changed in the 2012 season as the St. Louis Rams, who are beginning a new era under head coach Jeff Fisher, have slowly been evolving into the most recent Fearsome Foursome in the Rams franchise.

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