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Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

 


Mark picks his favorite Rams.

 

 

Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the Los Angeles Rams? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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20132016 Season Roundup: The Rams’ first season back in Los Angeles fell short of expectations. After starting the year 3–1, the team collapsed and won only once more. The poor finish cost coach Jeff Fisher his job. Among the few bright spots were receiver Kenny Britt and Aaron Donald. Britt became the first Rams wide receiver since 2007 to reach 1,000 yards. Donald, a ferocious defensive tackle, was the team’s best player and was honored as an All-Pro for the second time.

2016 Season Preview: The Rams begin their second stint in Los Angeles with a chance to have their first winning season since 2003. That will take repeat performances by running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who were two of the best players at their positions. Los Angeles will also need improvement from its receivers and its pass defense. Most of all, Case Keenum must grow into the quarterback job.

20132015 Season Preview: A super-tough defense will have to keep the score low for quarterback Nick Foles, who may not have much help on offense this year. He’ll be depending on a lot of young linemen to protect him. If they step up, the Rams could be a playoff surprise.

2013January 31, 2015: Defensive Tackle Aaron Donlad was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

September 1, 2014: Another knee injury will keep quarterback Sam Bradford off the field, giving Shaun Hill a chance to break out in 2014. The Rams will need big years out of running back Zac Stacy and pass rushers Chris Long and Robert Quinn if they hope to compete in the NFC West.ess than 100% heading into the season.

2013December 22, 2013: Robert Quinn had three sacks against the Buccaneers to set a new team record with 18 for the year. He finished 2013 with a total of 19.

November 10, 2013: Tavon Austin returned a punt 98 yards and scored twice more on two long passing plays. He joined Gale Sayers and Randy Moss as the only players 22 or younger to score three TDs of 50 or more yards in the same game.

October 13, 2013: Alec Ogletree intercepted a pass by T.J. Yates of the Texans on the 2 yard line and retuned it 98 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest "Pick 6" ever by a rookie, and tied a n NFL record for the longest touchdown return by a linebacker.

September 4, 2013: Coach Jeff Fisher promised he would make a difference in his first year with the St. Louis defense and special teams, and he did. Now he focuses on quarterback Sam Bradford and a very young offense. If Fisher has the same success, the Rams could sneak into the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. The team will need inexperienced players such as Chris Givens, Daryl Richardson, and Brian Quick to play like veterans for that to happen.

2013February 2, 2013: A poor first half doomed the Rams to a third-place finish in the NFC West. Sam Bradford and Stephen Jackson had standout seasons to lead the offense, but the team was outscored by 49 points to finish 7–8–1. The tie was the first in the NFL since 2008.

September 16, 2012: Danny Amendola caught 12 passes in the first half of a game against the Washington Redskins. He was just the second player in NFL history with a dozen reception in one half.

Summer, 2012: Sam Bradford is a year older and wiser, and the Rams have a great new coach in Jeff Fisher. If the blocking holds up, St. Louis could shock the experts and go all the way to the playoffs in 2012.

     
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This old posed shot is the only one I have of Parker Hall. He was a huge star when he entered the military, but he had nothing left when World War II ended. (Author's Collection)

 

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I thought Roman Gabriel was the coolest guy in football when I was a kid. (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

 

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Marc Bulger signed this photo. He was cut by the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons before he became the Rams' quarterback. (Author's Collection)

 

Parker Hall — Quarterback/Kicker
Born: 12/10/1916
Died: 2/8/2005
Played for Team: 1939 to 1942
Parker Hall was the Rams' greatest star when they played in Cleveland. In 1939, he became the first pro to complete 100 passes in a season and was named league MVP as a rookie. Hall was also one of the NFL's best punters.


Jim Benton — Receiver
Born: 9/25/1916
Died: 3/28/2001
Played for Team: 1938 to 1940, 1942 & 1944 to 1947
Jim Benton had long arms and enormous hands—perfect for catching footballs. When quarterback Bob Waterfield joined the Rams, the two were almost unstoppable. Benton led the NFL in catches once and receiving yards twice.


Deacon Jones — Defensive Lineman
Born: 12/9/1938
Played for Team: 1961 to 1971
If an opponent limited Deacon Jones to one or two sacks in a game, it was considered a success. No one during the 1960s was better at getting to the quarterback. Jones often used a move called the head slap, which is now illegal. He would whack a blocker on the side of the helmet and in the instant it took him to recover, Jones would blow past him.


Roman Gabriel — Quarterback
Born: 8/5/1940
Played for Team: 1962 to 1972
At 6' 5", Roman Gabriel was the biggest quarterback of his era. In 1967, the Rams lost only one game behind him. In 1969, he opened the season with 11 wins in a row. Gabriel was named NFL MVP that season.


Henry Ellard — Receiver
Born: 7/21/1961
Played for Team: 1983 to 1993
If there were an award for the highest-jumping receiver, Henry Ellard would have won it every year. Though he stood a shade under six feet, he soared over defensive backs to make spectacular catches. In 1992, he almost qualified for the Olympics in the triple-jump.


Marc Bulger — Quarterback
Born: 4/5/1977
Played for Team: 2000 to 2009
When injuries to their quarterbacks threatened to destroy the Rams' 2002 season, Marc Bulger stepped in to save the day. He went 6–0 before he too was felled by an injury. It wasn't long after that when the Rams decided that Bulger was their quarterback of the future. He played in two Pro Bowls as a Ram and passed for more than 3,800 yards three times from 2003 to 2006.

     
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I always wanted to be called Hacksaw when I was a teenager. But I was forbidden to play with sharp tools, so that wasn't happening. (Topps, Inc.)

 

JACK BE NIMBLE
The Rams' defensive leader during the 1979 Super Bowl season was Jack Youngblood. He inspired his teammates that year by getting 18 sacks despite playing several games on a broken leg. Merlin Olsen called him the "perfect defensive end."


STAYING SHARP
One of the Rams' most popular players during the 1970s was linebacker Jack Reynolds. He had a scary nickname: Hacksaw. Reynolds got it in college after he sawed a car in half. He was angry after his team lost a game 38–0.


FOUR SCORE
In 1999, Az Hakim scored four touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals. That tied a team record shared by Bob Shaw, Harold Jackson, and Crazylegs Hirsch.

     
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Tom Fears and Elroy Hirsch got a lot of publicity in the 1950s, but their teammate Bob Boyd was also one of the NFL's best. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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This card of Billy Wade is one of my all-time favorites. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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How many football fans know that this was Bucky Pope on the cover of this old videotape? Bucky once average more than 30 yards per catch for an entire season. His nickname was "The Catawba Claw." (NFL Films)

 

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Will Sherman specialized in returning interceptions for long touchdowns. (Bell Brands)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1952 — Dan Towler — 894
1983 — Eric Dickerson — 1,808
1984 — Eric Dickerson — 2,105
1986 — Eric Dickerson — 1,821
1987 — Charles White — 1,374


RECEIVING YARDS
1945 — Jim Benton — 1,067
1947 — Jim Benton — 981
1950 — Tom Fears — 1,116
1951 — Elroy Hirsch — 1,495
1954 — Bob Boyd — 1,212
1958 — Del Shofner — 1.097
1988 — Henry Ellard — 1,414
1996 — Isaac Bruce — 1,338
2000 — Torry Holt — 1,635
2003 — Torry Holt — 1,696


PASSING YARDS
1954 — Norm Van Brocklin — 2,637
1958 — Billy Wade — 2,875
2001 — Kurt Warner — 4,830


RUSHING TDs
1939 — Johnny Drake — 9
1940 — Johnny Drake — 9
1952 — Dan Towler — 10
1954 — Dan Towler — 11
1984 — Eric Dickerson — 14 (tied for NFL lead)
1987 — Charles White — 11 (tied for NFL lead)
1988 — Greg Bell — 16
1989 — Greg Bell — 15
1990 — Cleveland Gary — 14 (tied for NFL lead)


RECEIVING TDs
1951 — Elory Hirsch — 17
1964 — Bucky Pope — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
1973 — Harold Jackson — 13


PASSING TDs
1969 — Roman Gabriel — 24
1988 — Jim Everett — 31
1989 — Jim Everett — 29
2001 — Kurt Warner — 36


POINTS
1951 — Elroy Hirsch — 102
1973 — David Ray — 130
2000 — Marshall Faulk — 160
2001 — Marshall Faulk — 128


INTERCEPTIONS
1952 — Dick "Night Train" Lane — 14
1955 — Will Sherman — 11
1976 — Monte Jackson — 10
1996 — Keith Lyle — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
1997 — Ryan McNeil — 9


SACKS
1999 — Kevin Carter — 17

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1949 NFL Championship Philadelphia Eagles Lost 14–0
1950 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Lost 24–20
1951 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Won 24–17
1955 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Lost 38–14
1974 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Lost 14–10
1975 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 37–7
1976 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Lost 24–13
1978 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 28–0
1979 NFC Championship Tampa Bay Buccaneers Won 9–0
1979 Super Bowl XIV Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 31–19
1985 NFC Championship Chicago Bears Lost 24–0
1989 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Lost 30–3
1999 NFC Championship Tampa Bay Buccaneers Won 11–6
1999 Super Bowl XXXIV Tennessee Titans Won 23–16
2001 NFC Championship Philadelphia Eagles Won 29–24
2001 Super Bowl XXXVI New England Patriots Lost 20–17
 
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