In this dark time in the history of the Rams francise, it is important to remember the glory of the past. So, I give to you my list of the Top 10 Rams of All Time. In compiling this list, I considered the following factors: individual accomplishments, team success, longevity with the Rams, and iconic status.
There were a number of fine candidates who did not make my list. Honorable mentions go to Henry Ellard, Bob Waterfield, Tom Fears, Eric Dickerson, Orlando Pace, Roman Gabriel, Nolan Cromwell, Larry Brooks and Torry Holt.
With that, here's my list:
Mack played thirteen seasons for the Rams in his Hall of Fame career. Its hard to get noticed as an offensive guard, but Mack was an 11 time Pro Bowl selection. He was also an "iron man," boasting a 184 consecutive game streak that spanned his entire career.
Hirsh was a man ahead of his time, recording receiving statistics that would make a current day wide receiver proud in a time when the NFL was still a "four yards and a cloud of dust" league.
His success was even more notable given that he was a converted halfback.
Faulk would be higher on this list if his time with the Rams was not so short. Still, in his prime years, he was not only the greatest of the Greatest Show on Turf, he was the best player in the league.
Another Ram who was before his time, Norm Van Brocklin put up numbers that were unmatched until the Rams' GSOT years.
The Dutchman lead the Rams to the 1951 NFL Championship.
In a period of three years, Kurt Warner established himself as the best quarterback the Rams have ever had, and one the greatest stories the NFL has ever seen.
The only question is... who will play him in the movie?
In an era of diva WRs, Bruce was a master craftsman. He started in Los Angeles, endured the tough late 90s, and became a key member of the GSOT.
His game winning TD in the Super Bowl was his signature moment, as was the call of, "and they're not going to catch him today!"
In his long and prolific Hall of Fame career, Slater anchored the offensive lines that made Jim Everett a highly productive passer and opened holes for Eric Dickerson's record breaking season.
He was also a college teammate of Walter Payton.
Let me start this slide by saying... the final 3 could go in any order. Olsen is one of the greatest DTs to ever put on a pair of cleats and I'd have no problem with him at No. 1.
He had a long, dominant career and was a charter member of the Fearsome Foursome. All Rams fans were saddened by his recent death.
Jones coined the term "quarterback sack" and if the stat was kept at the time, he would probably be known as the all-time sack leader.
He was one of the most feared players in league history. I was proud to be in attendance last year when his number was retired.
He was the John Wayne of the NFL.
He was "Mr. Ram."
No other player embodies the spirt of the team like Jack Youngblood. His name evokes images of the warrior who played with a broken leg in the Super Bowl.
He was a terror to opposing QBs.
If the team ever builds a statue of a player outside their stadium, it should bear the likeness of Youngblood.