St. Louis Rams: Top 75 Greatest Players of All Time
The NFL Network is currently doing multiple segments that are revealing the top 100 players of 2011.
If you are a Rams fan, you may be a bit disappointed that the NFL's list is currently at No. 41, and they have yet to announce any Rams (although Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford will eventually get their props).
But not to fear, this list only has 75 players, but they are all Rams.
Before we get started, it should be made clear that players from the last decade definitely had an upper hand, for several reasons.
First, I'm not distinctly familiar with the Rams teams before the '90s, mainly because I wasn't alive. Also, there are a lot of young readers on here, so this way it makes it fun for everyone.
The younger readers won't have to dig through a list of players they've never heard of, while the historic players still get recognition.
So if you're an old-timer, then please refrain from getting you panties in a wad. We know things aren't the way they were back in your day, but just bare with it.
Having said that, I attempted to include a decent number of modern or recent players while remaining accurate for the most part.
Now let's get started...
75) Chris Long: Defensive End
Years Active: 2008-Present
Chris Long has developed into one of the more feared defensive ends in the NFL.
Some of the less educated spectators who only pay attention to stats might undervalue Long's true worth, but intelligent football fans, as well as offensive line coaches, understand that Chris Long is nothing short of a beast.
74) Donnie Jones: Punter
Years Active: 2007-Present
Although Jones does not have any awards on his shelf, he is still potentially the best punter the franchise has ever known.
In his four years with the team he has a combined average of 47.4 yards per punt, and he averaged 50.0 yards per punt in 2008.
73) Kevin Curtis: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 2003-2006
Kevin Curtis did not spend a lot of years on the team, but he was part of a very powerful offense that followed 'The Greatest Show On Turf' era.
He was one of Marc Bulger's favorite first down targets, and he had very intimidating speed that allowed the offense to stretch the field.
72) London Fletcher: Linebacker
Years Active: 1998-2001
London Fletcher won the Rams' Rookie of the Year award in 1998.
He was part of the team's defense that won Super Bowl 34, and he was a vital part of the 2001 team that made a Super Bowl appearance.
The team really took a blow when they failed to re-sign Fletcher, as they spent years trying to find his replacement. Had he been re-signed, then he would likely be much higher on this list.
71) Andy McCollum: Center
Years Active: 1999-2007
Andy McCollum played an under-appreciated role for the Rams, especially since he was constantly playing second fiddle to Orlando Pace and Adam Timmerman, but he was a valuable player nonetheless.
He clogged up the middle for very productive backs such as Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson, and he was part of the 1999 Super Bowl winning team.
70) Ernie Conwell: Tight End
Years Active: 1996-2002
Ernie Conwell was not Kurt Warner's favorite target during the team's 'Greatest Show On Turf' era, but he did contribute and he was certainly a useful weapon.
He made the Pro Bowl for the Rams in 2001, and the team has struggled to find consistency at the tight end position ever since his departure.
69) Sam Bradford: Quarterback
Years Active: 2010-Present
Sam Bradford is taking this spot on credit, as he's only played one season so far.
He just had one of the best rookie seasons ever for a quarterback in 2010, and he is a sign of great things to come.
Bradford and the fans totally expect for him to give the other quarterbacks on this list a run for their money.
68) Ron Bartell: Cornerback
Years Active: 2005-Present
Ron Bartell is not the flashiest player to ever play cornerback for the Rams, but he is certainly a tough player that can consistently get the job done.
The Rams pass defense felt the pain whenever Bartell was on the sidelines with injury, and at this point he is the key piece to the team's secondary.
Expect his career to become more distinguished as soon as the team can produce more wins.
67) Dre Bly: Cornerback
Years Active: 1999-2002
Like Bartell, Dre Bly was not the best corner that has ever made the Rams roster, but he has made his contributions.
The main factor that sent Bly onto this list was his interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1999 NFC Championship, which helped the Rams seal the game, therefore sending them to the Super Bowl.
66) Az-Zahir Hakim: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1998-2001
Az Hakim only played four seasons for the Rams, but he made those seasons count.
He was a speedster for the 'Greatest Show On Turf' era as both a wide receiver and a punt returner.
His quickness gave the offense a lot of extra pop, and he was able to catch eight touchdowns during the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl winning season.
65) James Laurinaitis: Linebacker
Years Active: 2009-Present
James Laurinaitis is still earning this spot on the list, but he is already arguably the most valuable player on the entire defense.
He is shaping up the be a middle-linebacker of Brian Urlacher importance, and he will do nothing but improve as he prepares to enter his third NFL season.
Offseason news has indicated that Laurinaitis has taken over duties as the defensive team captain ever since the departure of safety O.J. Atogwe. This has become evident from the unofficial offseason workouts that have taken place during the current NFL lockout, where reports indicate that Laurinaitis is among the leaders of the mini-camps.
He received attention as a possible candidate for Rookie of the Year in 2009, but Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans ultimately won the award.
64) O.J. Atogwe: Safety
Years Active: 2005-2010
O.J. Atogwe was the defensive captain for the Rams in 2010, but he was unfortunately lost in free agency to the Washington Redskins.
Atogwe was known for creating turnovers during his tenure with the Rams. His best season came in 2007 when he recorded eight interceptions, which led the NFC.
Atogwe never won anything major with the Rams, and he had the misfortune of never playing for a playoff team. But nonetheless, he was a special player.
63) Ricky Proehl: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1998-2002
Just like Dre Bly, Ricky Proehl basically made the list due to one single play.
He contributed in other ways during the highly memorable 1999-2001 Rams era, as he was a reliable first-down target, but no St. Louis fan really associates anything with Proehl other than "The Catch".
As seen in the video above, during the 1999 NFC Championship game against Tampa Bay (a game completely dominated by defense), Proehl made a one-handed grab in the end zone to put the Rams on top, which sent them to Super Bowl 34.
62) Adam Timmerman: Offensive Guard
Years Active: 1999-2006
The great offense the Rams had in the late '90s and early 2000s drew a lot of attention to guys like Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.
Even Orlando Pace got a considerable amount attention, but Adam Timmerman was a Pro Bowl caliber guard who really helped towards putting that offense into motion. He is undervalued overall, but he was absolutely vital to the offense.
61) Johnnie Johnson: Defensive Back
Years Active: 1980-1988
Johnnie Johnson is mainly known for his college career at the University of Texas, and he was elected to the College Football Hall-of-Fame.
However, he was also a very good professional player as well.
The Rams used a first round draft pick on Johnson in 1980, and he was able to consistently contribute for nine consecutive seasons for the team, and he was elected as an All-Pro in the process (1983).
60) Charley Cowan: Offensive Tackle
Years Active: 1961-1975
Charlie Cowan was a 15-year player for the Rams, which is a milestone by itself.
The three time Pro Bowler was a key part of the team's offensive line. He was part of a team that played in two NFC Championship games (1974, 1975), but unfortunately the Rams lost both of those games to the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys.
59) Carl Ekern: Linebacker
Years Active: 1976-1988
The late Rams linebacker, who died in a car accident in 1990, was only a one-time Pro Bowler.
However, he displayed unquestionable team dedication that really distinguishes himself as a great Ram. So much in fact that the Rams have a team award named after him- the 'Carl Ekern Award' is awarded to the player who best displays commitment and a hard work ethic.
The award was most recently given to O.J. Atogwe in 2010, and it was awarded to defensive end Leonard Little in 2009.
58) Mike Jones: Linebacker
Years Active: 1997-2000
Like Dre Bly and Ricky Proehl, linebacker Mike Jones made this list (as well as history) with one single play.
During the final seconds of Super Bowl 34, the Tennessee Titans were making an impressive last minute drive in an attempt to tie the game, as the score was 23-16 in the Rams' favor.
As seen in the above photo, the last play of the game resulted in Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair hitting receiver Kevin Dyson a few yards shy of the end zone, but Jones was able to swoop in and make a beautiful solo tackle that denied Dyson of the touchdown, which made the Rams into Super Bowl Champions.
If this play doesn't get a player on the list, then no play will.
57) D'Marco Farr
Years Active: 1994-2000
D'Marco Farr was probably not an all-around better defensive tackle that Larry Brooks, but he was productive, and he gets extra points for being part of a Super Bowl winning team.
Farr recorded 36.5 combined sacks for the Rams during his seven year career with the team, and he is currently a radio host for 'The Fast Lane' on 101 ESPN in St. Louis.
56) Jerry Gray: Cornerback
Years Active: 1985-1991
Jerry Gray was a productive player that displayed respectable consistency.
He was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Rams, and he was even the Pro Bowl MVP in 1989.
He got into coaching after his playing career. He was the defensive backs coach for Seattle in 2010, and he was just recently hired as the new Defensive Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.
55) Dave Elmendorf: Safety
Years Active: 1971-1979
Dave Elmendorf spent his entire nine season career with the Los Angeles Rams, and he is one of the better defensive backs in team history.
The two-time Pro Bowler had 27 career interceptions, and he never missed a single start during his career, even as a rookie.
54) Kent Hill: Offensive Guard
Years Active: 1979-1986
Kent Hill played just over seven seasons for the Los Angeles Rams and helped anchor the offensive line.
Hill made five Pro Bowls as a Ram, and he blocked for Eric Dickerson for the first three seasons of Dickerson's career- which included his 2,105 yard season.
Hill finished his career in 1987 with the Houston Oilers.
53) Rosey Grier: Defensive Lineman
Years Active: 1963-1966
Rosey Grier will always be an icon for the Rams, especially for being a member of the "Fearsome Foursome," a defensive line that also featured Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones and Lamar Lundy.
He played played the majority of his career with the New York Giants and finished his career by playing four seasons for the Rams, but his career ended with an Achilles' tendon tear.
52) Mike Lansford: Kicker
Years Active: 1982-1990
In more recent years, the Rams have trusted kicking duties to Jeff Wilkins (who is now retired), but Mike Lansford was the "Wilkins" for the Rams during his era.
Lansford had a career 72.8 percent field goal completion percentage, as well as a 96.9 percent career extra point percentage.
He scored 789 points for the team throughout his nine-year career.
51) Kevin Carter: Defensive End
Years Active: 1995-2000
Defensive end Kevin Carter was part of the Super Bowl-winning 1999 team, a team that dominated against the run.
The Rams made Carter the No.6 overall pick of the 1995 draft, and he had a successful career with the team. He recorded 17 sacks during the '99 season, and he had 62.5 sacks during his six seasons with the Rams.
He caught some criticism for taking himself out of Super Bowl 34 toward to end of the game to catch his breath, but even so, his production can't be ignored.
He ended his career in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
50) Cullen Bryant: Full Back
Years Active: 1973-1982, 1987
Cullen Bryan had a lengthy career as a fullback, back when the position actually had some significance.
Bryant was a capable runner and receiver, and he also returned kicks. He was also a devastating lead blocker, which is the position's primary purpose- at least that's the primary purpose today.
Bryant died October 13th 2009, at the age of 58.
49) Vince Ferragamo: Quarterback
Years Active: 1977-1980, 1982-1984
The Rams of the past decades greatly struggled to find a franchise quarterback.
Vince Ferragamo was certainly not an exception to that statement, but he got the job done.
During his years as the Rams starter, the high point of his career came in 1979, when the team made it to Super Bowl 14. However, the team was embarrassed by the dominate Pittsburgh Steelers, as they lost the game 31-19.
His best season for stats came in 1980, when he passed for 3,199 yards and 30 touchdowns.
48) Jim Everett: Quarterback
Years Active: 1986-1993
The Rams invested the No.3 overall pick of the 1986 NFL Draft in quarterback Jim Everett.
Although Everett never really developed into a great franchise quarterback, he still had his flashes.
From 1988-1990, he began to play like a capable quarterback. During those three seasons he had quarterback ratings of 89.2, 90.6 and 79.3.
But his downfall began in 1991, when he threw for 20 interceptions with only 11 touchdown passes.
From that point on, it was pretty clear he wasn't the quarterback the Rams wanted, but he certainly made some respectable contributions during his tenure.
47) Dan Towler: Running Back
Years Active: 1950-1955
Running back Dan Towler had a pretty short six-year career, but he made the most of it.
He made four consecutive Pro Bowls for the Rams (1951-1954), and he was part of the 1951 Championship team, which was one of only three Championship teams in Rams history, including the 1999 Super Bowl winning team.
He ended his career with 3,493 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns.
46) Todd Lyght: Cornerback
Years Active: 1991-2000
When you consider the production, the longevity and the Super Bowl victory, Todd Lyght is easily one of the best cornerbacks in Rams history.
Lyght recorded six interceptions and 2.5 sacks in 1999, which was enough to get him voted as an All-Pro. He made the Pro Bowl as well, but that was the only appearance of his career.
Lyght retired in 2002 with the Detroit Lions.
45) Wendell Tyler: Running Back
Years Active: 1977-1982
Wendall Tyler didn't have an overly flashy career, but he was certainly a memorable running back.
He made had two 1,000 yard seasons for the team during his six years with the Rams, which came in 1979 and 1981.
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44) Lamar Lundy: Defensive Tackle
Years Active: 1957-1969
Coming in at No.44 is another member of the notorious "Fearsome Foursome," defensive end Lamar Lundy.
Lundy was not the head of the Foursome (you'll likely find out who that was much further down this list), but he did contribute all 13 years of his career to the Rams, and he did a pretty impressive job in the process.
He had 68.5 career sacks with the team, and he was named to the Pro Bowl in 1959. He was also voted as an All-Pro in 1967.
43) Kevin Greene: Linebacker/Defensive End
Years Active: 1985-1992
Lots of Kevin Greene's success (including his five Pro Bowls) came after he left the Rams following the 1992 season, but he was still a solid contributor.
He has 16.5 sacks in both the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He had 13 sacks in 1990, as well as 10 in 1992.
He was able to become an accomplished defender despite being a fifth-round draft pick, but he eventually left the Rams to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
42) Jack Reynolds: Linebacker
Years Active: 1970-1980
Jack Reynolds earned the starting job at the beginning of his fourth NFL season in 1973 and he never looked back.
After being named as a starter in 1973, he started every game for every season as a Ram, expect for in 1977 when he missed eight games.
He represented the Rams in two Pro Bowls, but he is frowned upon by some of the older Rams fans, as he left the team to finish his career with the rival San Francisco 49er's, winning a Super Bowl ring in the process.
41) Grant Wistrom: Defensive End
Years Active: 1998-2003
Grant Wistrom was always a fan favorite, especially since he was a Missouri native out of the local high school football power house Webb City.
So you can probably imagine what happened to his popularity after being part of the 1999 Super Bowl Champion team.
Wistrom never made a Pro Bowl, and he was never overly dominate. However, he was an ideal run stopping left-end, and he was part of a great team, which is why he certainly earns a spot on this list.
40) Willie "Flipper" Anderson: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1988-1994
Flipper Anderson was not a power house receiver for the Rams, but he was certainly an offensive weapon for the team during the Jim Everett era.
He had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 1989 and 1990.
He never made a Pro Bowl, but he's certainly a familiar player. He ended his career in 1997 for the Denver Broncos.
39) Ollie Matson: Running Back
Years Active: 1959-1962
He was named an All-Pro in 1959, which was his first season as a Ram. That was the second best season of his career, as he rushed for 863 yards and six touchdowns.
Those numbers might not sound like much, but it was remarkable back then. Think about it. That was his second best season, he never had a 1,000 yard season, but he was elected to the 1950's All-Decade team, as well as the Hall-of-Fame. So that should tell you how good he actually was.
38) Leonard Little: Defensive End
Years Active: 1998-2009
Leonard Little is possibly the best defensive lineman of the past decade for the Rams.
He retired after the 2009 season, but he was a sack artist for the Rams, despite only getting Pro Bowl recognition for it once (2003).
The Rams won only six combined games between 2007-2009, but Little was one of the few bright spots on the team.
37) Bob Brown: Offensive Tackle
Years Active: 1969-1970
Yes, Bob Brown only played two seasons for the Rams, but they were two impressive seasons.
The Hall-of-Fame tackle was acquired by the Rams after they traded three players to the Philadelphia Eagles for him.
And though he played just two seasons, he made the Pro Bowl both of those years.
The Rams traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders following the 1970 season.
Brown may not be one of the best Rams ever, but he was one of the best players to ever be on the Rams.
36) Andy Robustelli: Defensive End
Years Active: 1951-1955
Defensive end Andy Robustelli began his career with the Rams as a 19th-round draft pick.
He made the Pro Bowl for the Rams in 1953 and 1955, and he was voted as an All-Pro both those years as well.
The Rams traded Robustelli to the New York Giants in 1956 where he continued to have an extremely successful career until he retired as a Giant in 1964.
Robustelli was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
35) Dick Bass: Fullback
Years Active: 1960-1969
Dick Bass played a remarkable 11 seasons for the Rams as a fullback, back when the fullback was expected to run the ball.
He made three Pro Bowls during his career (1962, 1963, 1966), and he rushed for 5,417 career yards, including two 1,000 yard seasons in 1962 and 1966.
34) Dick "Night Train" Lane: Cornerback
Years Active: 1952-1953
Dick "Night Train" Lane began his career with the Rams as a walk-on at their training camp in 1952.
He initially wanted to play wide receiver, but the Rams already had Elroy Hirsch and Tom Fears at receiver, so Lane was placed at defensive back in order to better his chances of making the team.
He was able to make the team as a cornerback, and his ferocious hits contributed to his nickname "Night Train".
He made seven career Pro Bowls and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
33) Jim Benton: End
Years Active: 1938-1940, 1944-1947
Jim Benton played end (known as a receiver, or possibly a tight end today), and he was incredible during his era.
He was an All-Pro for the Rams in both 1945 and 1946, and he was a member of the very first Los Angeles Rams team in 1946. He also made the Pro Bowl in 1939.
He was named as a member of the 1940's All-Decade team.
32) Les Richter: Linebacker, Guard, Kicker
Les Richter spent his entire nine season career with the Rams, and he made the most of his football career by playing three positions (linebacker, guard, kicker).
He made the Pro Bowl eight out of his nine seasons, with his final season in 1962 being the only exception.
He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
31) Aeneas Williams: Defensive Back
Years Active: 2001-2004
Aeneas Williams made his career as a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals, but he was a great member of the St. Louis Rams nonetheless.
The Rams gave Williams an opportunity Arizona could not: a chance to play in the postseason.
During Williams' first postseason game with the Rams following the 2001 season, which was the Divisional round against the Green Bay Packers, Williams scored the first points by intercepting quarterback Brett Favre and taking it to end zone.
Later that game, he also picked up a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown, making it his second touchdown during his playoff debut with the Rams.
Williams made two Pro Bowls with the Rams in 2001 and 2003, and he is expected to be elected to the Hall-of-Fame as soon as he is eligible.
30) Marc Bulger: Quarterback
Years Active: 2000-2009
Marc Bulger has taken a lot of punishment in recent years, both by fans and by opposing defenses.
The Rams won a combined six games between 2007 and 2009, and Bulger was practically the face of the offensive futility. The pitiful offensive production was not entirely his fault by any means, but he was the poster boy that represented the failure on the field.
But regardless of the events of recent years, he is arguably one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history.
Bulger ranks second in franchise history for passing yards (22,814) and third in touchdown passes (122).
He has made two Pro Bowls in his career (2003, 2006), but he was released by the team following the 2009 season, and he is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, although he is scheduled to enter free agency this year.
29) Fred Dryer: Defensive End
Years Active: 1972-1981
Defensive end Fred Dryer spent 10 seasons of his career on the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl in 1975, and he was elected as an All-Pro in 1974.
He was part of the 1979 Rams, who made it to the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers (losing 31-19). Dryer had 10 sacks during that 1979 season, as well as 49 tackles.
After his football career he became an actor. He is best known for his role on the TV series 'Hunter'.
28) Leroy Irvin: Cornerback
Years Active: 1980-1989
Leroy Irvin spent 10 seasons as a cornerback for the Rams, and he also got playing time as a punt returner.
Irvin had 34 interceptions during his 10 seasons with the team. He had six interceptions in both the 1985 and 1986 seasons, and he made the Pro Bowl both of those years.
Irvin ended his career in 1990 with the Detroit Lions.
27) Jack Snow: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1965-1975
Jack Snow was never able to put up 1,000 yards in a season, but he displayed amazing consistency for most of his career.
He spent every season of his career on the Rams, and he had 6,012 career receiving yards with 45 career touchdowns.
His best season came in 1970, when he had 859 yards for seven touchdowns, and he made the Pro Bowl in 1967 with 735 yards and eight touchdowns.
26) Lawrence McCutcheon: Running Back
Years Active: 1972-1979
Lawrence McCutcheon stands in the shadows of Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson and even Steven Jackson, but he was still one of the better running backs in franchise history.
He spent eight seasons with the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl five of those seasons.
He had four 1,000 yard rushing seasons. He ended his career as a Ram with 6,186 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.
He retired in 1981 with the Buffalo Bills.
25) Jeff Wilkins: Kicker
Years Active: 1997-2007
When you see a team that has a problem with kickers, it makes you appreciate how important having a consistent kicker actually is.
Wilkins was the very definition of consistency. The fans and the team called him by his nickname "Money", which was given to him as a result of being extremely reliable.
Wilkins made the Pro Bowl in 2003 after having a 92.9 field goal completion percentage.
He scored 1,223 points during his career with the Rams, and he retired after the 2007 season.
24) Dennis Harrah: Offensive Guard
Years Active: 1975-1987
Dennis Harrah was a shining example of what it takes to be a great Ram.
He spent every one of his 13 seasons with the Rams, and he started 144 of his 168 games. He also made six total Pro Bowls.
He more than lived up to his status as an 11th overall pick, and he was also a part of the 1979 team that lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.
He also had the privilege of blocking for running back Eric Dickerson.
23) Rich Saul: Offensive Guard, Center
Years Active: 1970-1981
How good was that 1979 Rams offensive line with Kent Hill, Dennis Harrah and now Rich Saul?
Saul played offensive guard and center for the Rams, and he spent his entire 12 year career with the team.
He made six consecutive Pro Bowls for the team starting in 1976 and ending in 1981, which is the year he decided to end his career.
22) Larry Brooks: Defensive Tackle
Years Active: 1972-1982
Defensive tackle Larry Brooks is another player that dedicated his entire career to the team.
Brooks played 11 seasons for the team, and he earned a job as a starter by his second season, where he recorded nine quarterback sacks.
He is yet another member of the 1979 Rams team that appeared in the Super Bowl, and he made five career Pro Bowls. All his Pro Bowls were consecutive starting in 1976 and ending in 1980.
He retired in 1982 and he is currently a defensive line coach at Virginia State University.
21) Eddie Meador: Defensive Back
Years Active: 1959-1970
Ed Meador was one of the best defensive backs of his time, as well as one of the best in the Rams history.
He holds the franchise records for most interceptions (46), the most fumble recoveries (18), and the most blocked kicks (10).
On top of that he played all 12 seasons of his career as a member of the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl eight of those seasons, as well as the All-Pro team six seasons.
He failed to make the Hall-of-Fame, despite an impressive career, but he is certainly an all-time Rams great.
20) Roman Gabriel: Quarterback
Years Active: 1962-1972
Roman Gabriel's name alone reminds fans of one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history.
Once Gabriel won the job as the team's full-time starter in 1966, he only missed one game in his seven-season stretch as the starter.
Gabriel also represented the Rams three times at the Pro Bowl, and he won the NFL MVP award in 1969.
19) Tom Fears: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1948-1956
Tom Fears is one of the better wide receivers to ever play for the Rams.
He had two 1,000 yard seasons back-to-back during an era that was not completely dominated by the passing game, like it is today.
His only Pro Bowl came in 1950, and he was elected to the All-Pro team as well. But despite that being his only Pro Bowl season, he was still inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.
18) Nolan Cromwell: Defensive Back
Years Active: 1977-1987
Nolan Cromwell is widely regarded as possibly the best defensive back to ever play for the Rams.
He spent all 11 seasons of his professional career wearing the Rams uniform, and he made the Pro Bowl four times, and he went All-Pro three times.
His best season came in 1980 when he recorded a career high eight interceptions.
He is currently a wide receiver coach for the St. Louis Rams.
17) Isiah Robertson: Linebacker
Years Active: 1971-1978
The Rams used their No.10 overall pick on Isiah Robertson during the 1971 NFL draft, and Robertson returned the favor by hitting the ground running.
He was named 'Defensive Rookie of the Year' following his rookie season in 1971, and he also made his first Pro Bowl as a rookie.
He eventually made six Pro Bowls during his eight seasons for the team, and he was named an All-Pro twice.
He is also a member of the 20/20 club, meaning he has 20 or more career sacks along with 20 or more career interceptions.
Robertson ended his career in 1982 with the Buffalo Bills.
16) Henry Ellard: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1983-1993
Before Isaac Bruce received the torch, the Rams' aerial attack focused on Henry Ellard.
Ellard played 11 seasons for the Rams, and he had four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons from 1988 to 1991.
He made three career Pro Bowls as a Ram, and he was an All-Pro twice.
He ended his career with 13,777 receiving yards and 65 touchdowns after he retired as a member of the Washington Redskins.
15) Bob Waterfield: Quarterback
Years Active: 1945-1952
Bob Waterfield played in an era when the quarterbacks were expected to throw, run, kick and punt, and he did most of those things pretty well.
Waterfield was a two-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro.
He played all eight season of his career as a Ram, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965.
Waterfield's jersey number (7) has been retired by the team.
14) Tom Mack: Offensive Guard
Years Active: 1966-1978
Tom Mack is a shining example of consistency and toughness.
He played 13 seasons throughout his career, all for the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl 11 times. He was also a four time All-Pro.
He took over as a starter in 1968, and he only missed two starts (both in 1972) until he retired in 1978.
Mack was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
13) Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch: Running Back, Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1949-1957
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch's career really took off when he left the Chicago Rockets to play for the Los Angeles Rams in 1949.
Hirsch had only a combined 730 yards in three seasons for Chicago, but he turned his career around with 6,299 yards and 53 touchdowns in eight seasons for the Rams.
Hirsch was a vital piece to the Rams offense in 1951, the year they won their second NFL Championship in franchise history.
His best season came during that 1951 season, when he had 1,495 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns (and we're talking the 1950's here). The 1,495 yards was a new single season NFL record that stood until 1970.
Hirsch joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.
12) Steven Jackson: Running Back
Years Active: 2004-Present
Steven Jackson has been living under the shadow of Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson, and barring a Super Bowl victory at some point in his career, that's where he will probably remain.
However, as Faulk and Dickerson are cemented in as the top two backs in franchise history, Jackson should be considered the unquestioned number three.
However, he does own the franchise record for career rushing yards with 7,948 yards. And he also just completed his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Jackson's six consecutive 1,000 yard-seasons is another franchise record.
Jackson is also a three-time Pro Bowler (2006, 2009, 2010), and he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2006 with 2,334 total yards.
Jackson is only 27 years old, so he will be looking to add even more accomplishments to his resume.
11) Norm Van Brocklin: Quarterback
Years Active: 1949-1957
Norm Van Brocklin played the first nine seasons of his career for the Los Angeles Rams, and he did a remarkable job.
He made six Pro Bowls during his nine seasons for the Rams.
His greatest accomplishment was leading the Rams to a victory during the 1951 NFL Championship game, which was the Rams' second championship in franchise history.
Van Brocklin played the final three seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was voted league MVP in 1960. He retired following his 1960 MVP season.
Van Brocklin was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
10) Orlando Pace: Offensive Tackle
Years Active: 1997-2008
Some people were born to be doctors, teachers or businessmen, but Orlando Pace was born to protect quarterbacks.
The Rams drafted the gigantic offensive tackle out of Ohio State in 1997 with the No.1 overall pick of the draft. And at 6'7" and 325 pounds, Pace was a major upgrade to the offensive line from day one.
He made seven consecutive Pro Bowls between 1999 and 2005, and he as named as an All-Pro five times.
He was Kurt Warner's guardian during the 'Greatest Show On Turf' era, which made him vital in allowing the offense to run the way it did.
Pace was cut by the Rams following the 2008 season due to his contract. He played one more season for the Chicago Bears in 2009, but retired following that season.
It is likely that Pace will make the Hall of Fame after he is eligible.
9) Jackie Slater: Offensive Tackle
Years Active: 1976-1995
While Pace was likely the best left-tackle in franchise history, Jackie Slater was easily the best right-tackle.
They absolutely do not make players like Jackie Slater anymore. If you ask a modern day player to play in the trenches for 20 seasons, you might as well ask them for the moon.
However, Slater was able to do just that. He played 20 seasons for the Rams, and he started 211 of his 259 career games.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. His number (78) was retired by the Rams, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
8) Torry Holt: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1999-2008
Torry Holt was drafted for the Rams in 1999 with the No.6 overall pick, and he turned out to be the perfect weapon for their offense.
He had 788 yards as a rookie in 1999, and he caught a touchdown during Super Bowl 34.
After his rookie season, his stardom and consistency became visible. He had six consecutive seasons with 1,300 or more yards (including two 1,600 yard seasons), and he had eight consecutive 1,000 yards seasons between 2000 and 2007.
He ranks second in franchise history in career receiving yards with 12,660, trailing only Isaac Bruce (14,109).
He will likely get consideration for the Hall of Fame after his career is officially over.
7) Jack Youngblood: Defensive End
Years Active: 1971-1984
Jack Youngblood had huge shoes to fill when he joined the team in 1971 as Deacon Jones' backup and eventual replacement, but he did a phenomenal job.
He took over starting duties in 1972, and he made his first Pro Bowl after his second season as a starter in 1973.
Youngblood continued his success by making seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1973 to 1979. He also won the 'Defensive Player of the Year' award in 1976, and he was elected to the 1970's All-Decade team.
He played all 14 seasons of his career for the Los Angeles Rams, and the team retired with jersey number (85). He was also elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.
6) Merlin Olsen: Defensive Tackle
Years Active: 1962-1976
Merlin Olsen was easily the best defensive tackle to ever play for the Rams, and he is one of the best tackles in the history of football.
He played all 15 seasons of his career for the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl 14 out those 15 seasons, including nine All-Pro honors.
He was a key member to the infamous "Fearsome Foursome", which was the nickname for the four defensive lineman for the Rams during the early 1960's. The "Fearsome Foursome" was the spearhead of one of the best defenses in football history.
He was also a member of both the 1960's and 1970's All-Decade teams.
Olsen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, and his jersey number (74) was retired by the Rams.
5) Eric Dickerson: Running Back
Years Active: 1983-1987
Eric Dickerson was unstoppable even as a rookie, and is widely considered one of the top running backs in NFL history.
He started his great career in 1983 and finished the season with 1,808 rushing yards and 20 total touchdowns (he had two touchdown receptions), both stats are NFL rookie records that still stand.
He continued to make his mark in the record books after his rookie season, as he rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984, which still stands as the NFL single season record for rushing yards.
He rushed for over 1,000 yards during every season as a member of the Rams, but the team traded him to the Indianapolis Colts during the 1987 season.
The trade is highly controversial, even today. The Rams traded Dickerson to the Colts in a three way trade (also involving the Buffalo Bills), which gave the Rams three first-round draft picks and two players.
The move was unpopular amongst fans, and his shortened career with the Rams is the reason he is not ranked higher.
But regardless, he had an incredible run with the team. He made three Pro Bowls, won the 'Offensive Rookie of the Year' award in 1983, won the 'Offensive Player of the Year' in 1986, and his jersey number (29) was retired by the team.
Dickerson was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
4) Kurt Warner: Quarterback
Years Active: 1998-2003
Quarterback Kurt Warner had a short career as the team's starting quarterback. He was the primary starter between 1999 and 2001, and he started just six games in 2002.
But regardless of his limited time with the team, he was easily one of the top players that ever played for the franchise.
Warner started training camp in 1999 as the team's backup for quarterback Trent Green. However, Green received a season-ending knee injury during the preseason against the New England Patriots, which forced Warner into the starting role.
Not only did Warner get the job done when he stepped in as the starter, but he had the best season for a quarterback in Rams history.
He threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns, which made him the first player to throw 40 or more touchdowns since Dan Marino in 1986. And not to mention he was the pilot of possibly the greatest offense in NFL history, also known as 'The Greatest Show On Turf'.
Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory at the end of the 1999 season, which was the first in franchise history.
He led the team to another Super Bowl in 2001, but they lost to the New England Patriots.
Warner received a thumb injury during the 2002 season, and his poor performance led many to believe that he might not have been able to recover, so he was sent packing in favor of Marc Bulger.
Warner made the Pro Bowl three consecutive times for the Rams between 1999 and 2001, and he is expected to be elected into the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible.
3) Isaac Bruce: Wide Receiver
Years Active: 1994-2007
Isaac Bruce was never a truly elite wide receiver, at least not for long periods of time, and he might not even be the most talented receiver to play for the Rams.
However, Bruce is an icon that every current Rams player should strive to become. He was an extremely hard worker on the field, as well as in the classroom, and he was as humble as they come.
But he didn't make it this high on the list just for being a nice person.
He had eight 1,000 yard seasons for the Rams during his 14 seasons for the team, including a remarkable 1995 season that brought him 1,781 yards (which is just 67 yards shy of Jerry Rice's single season record for receiving yards).
He was also a vital piece to the offense during the team's 1999 Super Bowl season. During the Super Bowl that year, he caught a 73-yard touchdown pass that was eventually the difference in the game.
Bruce has a shot at making the Hall of Fame, and the Rams honored him in 2010 by retiring his jersey number (80).
2) Marshall Faulk: Running Back
Years Active: 1999-2006
It's hard to decide which was more vital to the Rams' Super Bowl winning season in 1999- Kurt Warner's arm, or Marshall Faulks versatility in the offense.
It's tough to call, but ultimately Faulk was the keystone of the offense.
When teams tried to stop him on the ground, he killed them through the air; and when they dropped into coverage, he busted a big run from the backfield.
He was the most irreplaceable piece of the offense. Warner was extremely valuable, but any NFL quarterback would've been somewhat serviceable considering the surrounding offense (though obviously not as effective as Warner).
Faulk is commonly acknowledged as the best all-around running back football has ever known.
One of his most spectacular accomplishments came during the 1999 season, when he not only rushed for 1,381 yards, but he had 1,048 receiving yards on top of that.
He has three consecutive 1,300 yard rushing seasons for the Rams between 1999 and 2001. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times as a Rams, and he was the 'Offensive Player of the Year' three straight years (1999-2000). He was also named the NFL MVP in 2000.
Faulk was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
1) Deacon Jones: Defensive End
Years Active: 1961-1971
Yes, Deacon Jones never won a Super Bowl for the Rams, but he is the ultimate Rams icon.
While other players have trophies and stats, Jones has the folklore and legend factors working in his favor.
Jones was so good at what he did that he was the inventor of the term "sack". The stat wasn't important until he made it important.
He also invented a move (the "head slap") that was so good and effective that it was outlawed.
He played 11 seasons for the Rams, and he was a dominate member of the "Fearsome Foursome". He represented the team in the Pro Bowl seven times, and was awarded All-Pro honors eight times during his entire career.
He was a member of the 1960's All-Decade team, as well as the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time team.
He is considered to be possibly the best defensive end to ever play the game, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
In 2009 the Rams retired his jersey number (75), which was an honor that was long overdue.
Recap: The Entire List
75) Chris Long
74) Donnie Jones
73) Kevin Curtis
72) London Fletcher
71) Andy McCollum
70) Ernie Conwell
69) Sam Bradford
68) Ron Bartell
67) Dre Bly
66) Az-Zahir Hakeem
65) James Laurinaitis
64) O.J. Atogwe
63) Ricky Proehl
62) Adam Timmerman
61) Johnnie Jones
60) Charley Cowan
59) Carl Ekern
58) Mike Jones
57) D’Marco Farr
56) Jerry Gray
55) Dave Elmendorf
54) Kent Hill
53) Rosey Grier
52) Mike Lansford
51) Kevin Carter
50) Cullen Bryant
49) Vince Ferragamo
48) Jim Everett
47) Dan Towler
46) Todd Lyght
45) Wendall Tyler
44) Lamar Lundy
43) Kevin Greene
42) Jack Reynolds
41) Grant Wistrom
40) Willie “Flipper” Anderson
39) Ollie Matson
38) Leonard Little
37) Bob Brown
36) Andy Robustelli
35) Dick Bass
34) Dick “Night Train” Lane
33) Jim Benton
32) Les Richter
31) Aeneas Williams
30) Marc Bulger
29) Fred Dryer
28) Leroy Irvin
27) Jack Snow
26) Lawrence McCutcheon
25) Jeff Wilkins
24) Dennis Harrah
23) Rich Saul
22) Larry Brooks
21) Eddie Meador
20) Roman Gabriel
19) Tom Fears
18) Nolan Cromwell
17) Isiah Robertson
16) Henry Ellard
15) Bob Waterfield
14) Tom Mack
13) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch
12) Steven Jackson
11) Norm Van Brocklin
10) Orlando Pace
9) Jackie Slater
8) Torry Holt
7) Jack Youngblood
6) Merlin Olsen
5) Eric Dickerson
4) Kurt Warner
3) Isaac Bruce
2) Marshall Faulk
1) Deacon Jones
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