Norm Van Brocklin
Norm Van Brocklin was a standout quarterback for 12 seasons in the National Football League, the first nine with the Los Angeles Rams. Then he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958 and, within three years, the “Dutchman” had guided the Eagles to the NFL championship.
Without a doubt it was his finest performance in a brilliant career. One of the most colorful and competitive individuals that pro football has ever seen, Van Brocklin blazed a sometimes stormy, but always eventful path in his dozen campaigns as an active player.
Norm left the University of Oregon, where he still had a year's eligibility remaining, to join the Rams in 1949. The only problem, from Van Brocklin's standpoint, was that the Rams already had one future Hall of Fame quarterback in Bob Waterfield.
The net result was that two great quarterbacks had to share passing duties for a few seasons, a situation that any great competitor, which Norm certainly was, couldn't be expected to accept with any enthusiasm. Still, Van Brocklin won the NFL passing title in both 1950 and 1952, even though he was playing only half of the time on offense. He added a third passing championship in 1954.
His greatest day as a passer came in 1951 when he threw for a record 554 yards against the New York Yanks. It was also in 1951 that Van Brocklin threw a 73-yard pass to Tom Fears that gave the Rams a 24-17 victory over the Browns and the only NFL title the Rams had won since moving to Los Angeles.
Eric Dickerson, a two-time All-America choice at Southern Methodist, was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. An immediate success, he established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18). His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
In his second season, Dickerson continued his onslaught of the NFL record book. Twelve times during that season he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-yard games in a season held by O. J. Simpson. His 2,105 total yards rushing in 1984 shattered Simpson’s 1973 record of 2,003 yards rushing in a single season.
A workhorse runner with the Rams, Dickerson gained more than 1,000 yards each of his first four seasons with the team. In three of those seasons he gained more than 1,800 yards. Although he rushed for 1,234 yards in 1985, he missed the Pro Bowl for the first time in his short NFL career. He did, however, go on to rush for a playoff record 248 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in post-season play.
After playing just three games for the Rams during the strike-shortened 1987 season, Dickerson – in a blockbuster deal – was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Although he played in just nine games with the Colts that year, he still managed to gain 1,011 yards to finish the season with 1,288. In 1988, Dickerson, with 1,659 yards rushing, became the first Colt to lead the league in rushing since Alan Ameche in 1955.
With the Rams 1973 - 1981; 1987. Played 14 postseasons games. Cullen Bryant was a sure-handed fullback & devastating blocker! Records & Honors: 3 Career 100 Yards Rushing 2 Playoffs 100 Yards Rushing in the top 2 During the playoffs he played on kickoff returns and punt returns Leading Rams rusher in 1978 & 1980 3 seasons leading in kickoff returns in 1973 - 1974 & 1976 2 seasons leading in punt returns in 1976 - 1977 3 career kickoff returns touchdowns Playoff Career (50 attempts) Average Gain 4.05 in the top 3 Top 3 All-Time playoff rushing & rushing-receiving yards Top 2 Super Bowl rushing yards 93 yards kickoff return in 1973 90 yards kickoff return in 1976 41 yards playoff kickoff return @ Dallas Dec. 23, 1973 The Rams where undefeated when Bryant rushed for a 100 yards in the playoffs and during the regular season; total 5 wins and 0 losses January 6, 1980: Bryant had 106 rushing against Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship Game. He had 18 carries during the game. The Rams won that game. December 31, 1978: 100 Yards rushing against Minnesota, 27 carries, in the Playoffs. The Rams won that game. The number of carries is a top 3 Rams playoff records. January 20, 1980 Bryant on third down, rushed for a TD against the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. That was the only rushing running back TD for the Rams in all their Super Bowls
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