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The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Rams franchise has won three NFL championships, and are the only franchise to win championships while representing three different cities (Cleveland in 1945, Los Angeles in 1951, and St. Louis in 1999.)

The franchise began in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The club was owned by Homer Marshman and featured players such as William "Bud" Cooper, Harry "The Horse" Mattos, Stan Pincura, and Mike Sebastian.[5] Damon "Buzz" Wetzel joined as general manager.[6]

After winning the 1945 NFL Championship Game, the franchise moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1946, making way for Paul Brown's Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference and becoming the only NFL championship team to play the following season in another city.[7] The club played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving into a reconstructed Anaheim Stadium in nearby Anaheim in 1979.

After the 1994 NFL season, the Rams left California and moved east to St. Louis, Missouri. Five seasons after relocating, the team won Super Bowl XXXIV in a 23–16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Rams continued to play in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis until the end of the 2015 NFL season, when the team filed notice with the NFL of its intent to pursue a relocation back to Los Angeles. At an owners' meeting in January 2016, the move was approved by a 30–2 margin, and the Rams announced their intent to return to the city for the 2016 NFL season.

Franchise history

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Cleveland Rams (1936-1945)

The Cleveland Rams were founded by attorney Homer Marshman in 1936. They were part of the newly formed American Football League. The following year they joined the National Football League and were placed in the Western division to replace the St. Louis Gunners, who disbanded after the 1934 season. From the beginning, they were a team marked by frequent moves playing in three stadiums over several losing seasons. The franchise suspended operations and sat out the 1943 season because of a shortage of players during World War II and resumed playing in 1944.[1]. The team finally achieved success in 1945, which proved to be their last season in Ohio, achieving a 9-1 record and winning their first NFL Championship, a 15-14 home field victory over the Washington Redskins on December 16.[2]

Los Angeles Rams (1946-1994)

St Louis Rams (1995–2015)

Logo and uniforms

The Rams were the first NFL team to have a logo on their helmets. Ever since halfback Fred Gehrke, who worked as a commercial artist in off-seasons, painted ram horns on the team's leather helmets in 1948, the logo has been the club's trademark.

When the team debuted in 1937, the Rams' colors were red and black, featuring red helmets, black uniforms with red shoulders and sleeves, tan pants, and red socks with black and white stripes. One year later they would switch their team colors to gold and royal blue, with gold helmets, white pants, royal blue uniforms with gold numbers and gold shoulders, white pants with a royal stripe, and solid royal blue socks. By the mid-1940s the Rams had adopted gold jerseys (with navy blue serif numerals, navy blue shoulders, gold helmets, white pants with a gold-navy-gold stripe, and gold socks with two navy stripes). The uniforms were unchanged as the team moved to Los Angeles. The helmets were changed to navy in 1947. When Gehrke introduced the horns, they were painted yellow-gold on navy blue helmets. In 1949 the team adopted plastic helmets, and the Rams' horns were rendered by the Riddell company of Des Plaines, Illinois, which baked a painted design into the helmet at its factory. Also in 1949 the serif jersey numerals gave way to more standard block numbers. Wider, bolder horns joined at the helmet center front and curving around the earhole appeared in 1950; this design was somewhat tapered in 1954–1955. Also in 1950 a blue-gold-blue tri-stripe appeared on the pants and "Northwestern University-style" royal blue stripes were added to jersey sleeves. A white border was added to the blue jersey numerals in 1953. So-called "TV numbers" were added on jersey sleeves in 1956. In accordance with a 1957 NFL rule dictating that the home team wear dark, primary-colored jerseys and the road team light shirts, the Rams hurriedly readied for the regular season new royal-blue home jerseys with golden striping and golden front and back numerals with a white border. The white border was removed in 1958. The Rams continued to wear their golden jerseys for 1957 road games, but the following year adopted a white jersey with blue numerals and stripes. In 1962–63 the team's road white jersey featured a UCLA-style blue-gold-blue crescent shoulder tri-stripe.

Rams helmet, 1973-99 In 1964, concurrent with a major remodeling of the team's Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum home, the colors were changed to a simpler blue and white. The new helmet horns were white, wider, and separated at the helmet center front. The blue jersey had white numerals with two white sleeve stripes. The white jersey featured blue numerals and a wide blue crescent shoulder stripe. A 1964 league rule allowed teams to wear white jerseys for home games and the Rams were among several teams to do so (the Dallas Cowboys, who introduced their blue-white-silverblue uniform that season, have worn white at home ever since), as owner Dan Reeves felt it would be more enjoyable for fans to see the various colors of the rest of the league as opposed to always having the Rams in blue and the visiting team in white.[66] The pants were white with a thick blue stripe. In 1970, in keeping with the standards of the fully merged NFL and AFL, names appeared on the jersey backs for the first time. The sleeve "TV numbers," quite large compared to those of other teams, were made smaller in 1965. From 1964 to early 1972 the Rams wore white jerseys for every home league game and exhibition, at one point not wearing their blue jerseys at all from the 10th game of 1967 through the 1971 opener, a stretch of 48 games;[67] it was a tradition that continued under coaches Harland Svare, George Allen, and Tommy Prothro. But new owner Carroll Rosenbloom did not particularly like the Rams' uniforms, so in pursuit of a new look the team wore its seldom-used blue jerseys for most home games in 1972. During that season Rosenbloom's Rams also announced an intention to revive the old blue and gold colors for 1973, and asked fans to send in design ideas.

Wordmark logo during the Rams time in St. Louis (2000–2015) The colors returned to blue and yellow-gold in 1973. The new uniform design consisted of yellow-gold pants and curling rams horns on the sleeves – yellow gold horns curving from the shoulders to the arms on the blue jerseys, which featured golden numerals (a white border around the numerals, similar to the 1957 style, appeared for two exhibitions and was then removed). Players' names were in contrasting white. The white jersey had similarly shaped blue horns, blue numerals, and names. The white jerseys also had yellow gold sleeves. The gold pants included a blue-white-blue tri-stripe, which was gradually widened through the 1970s and early 1980s. The blue socks initially featured two thin golden stripes, but these were rarely visible. From 1973 to 1976 the Rams were the only team to wear white cleats on the road and royal blue cleats at home. The new golden helmet horns were of identical shape, but for the first time the horn was not factory-painted but instead a decal applied to the helmet. The decal was cut in sections and affixed to accommodate spaces for face-mask and chin-strap attachments, and so the horn curved farther around the ear hole. Jersey numerals were made thicker and blunter in 1975. The Rams primarily wore blue at home with this combination, but after 1977 would wear white on occasion at home, often for games against the Dallas Cowboys.[citation needed] The team wore its white jerseys for most of its 1978 home dates, including its post-season games with the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys – though the latter is the only postseason game the Cowboys have ever won while outfitted in their blue jerseys. Standard gray face masks became dark blue in 1981. The Rams wore white jerseys exclusively in the 1982 and 1993 seasons, as well as other selected occasions throughout their 15 seasons in Anaheim. On January 15, 2016, the Los Angeles Rams unveiled a new logo, the new logo of the team is the team's wordmark saying "LOS ANGELES RAMS" instead of the St. Louis Rams and retaining the same colors. The team's colors were changed from yellow gold and blue to Vegas Gold and navy blue in 2000 following the Super Bowl win. A new logo of a charging ram's head was added to the sleeves and gold stripes were added to the sides of the jerseys. The new gold pants no longer featured any stripes. Blue pants and White pants with a small gold stripe (an extension off the jersey stripe that ended in a point) were also an option with the Rams only electing to wear the white set in a pre-season game in San Diego in 2001. The helmet design essentially remains the same as it was in 1948, except for updates to the coloring, navy blue field with gold horns. The 2000 rams'-horn design features a slightly wider separation at the helmet's center. Both home and away jerseys had a gold stripe that ran down each side, but that only lasted for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

In 2003, the Rams wore blue pants with their white jerseys for a pair of early-season games, but after losses to the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks, the Rams reverted to gold pants with their white jerseys. In 2005, the Rams wore the blue pants again at home against Arizona and on the road against Dallas. In 2007, the Rams wore all possible combinations of their uniforms. They wore the Blue Tops and Gold Pants at home against Carolina, San Francisco, Cleveland, Seattle, and on the road against Dallas. They wore the blue tops and blue pants at home against Arizona, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh on Marshall Faulk night. They wore the blue tops and white pants on the road in Tampa Bay and at home against Green Bay. They wore white tops and gold pants at New Orleans and San Francisco. They wore white tops and white pants at Seattle and Arizona. And they wore white tops and blue pants at Baltimore and Cincinnati. In 2008, the Rams went away with the gold pants. The gold pants were used for only one regular season game at Seattle. The blue jerseys with white pants and white jerseys with blue pants combination were used most of the time. For the 2009 season, the Rams elected to wear the white pants with both jerseys for the majority of the time except the games against the Vikings and Texans (see below) where they wore the throwback jerseys from the 1999 season, week 2 in Washington when they wore gold pants with the blue jersey, and week 12 against Seattle when they wore blue pants with the blue jersey.

Since moving to St. Louis, the Rams had worn blue at home. Like most other teams playing in a dome, the Rams did not need to wear white to gain an advantage with the heat despite the team's midwestern geographic location. The Rams wore their white jerseys and blue pants in St. Louis against the Dallas Cowboys, on October 19, 2008, forcing the Cowboys to wear their "unlucky" blue uniforms, and won the game 34–14.[68] On October 21, 2012, the Rams wore white jerseys and white pants against the Green Bay Packers.

The NFL approved the use of throwback uniforms for the club during the 2009 season to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1999 Super Bowl Championship Team. The Rams wore the throwback uniforms for two home games in 2009 – October 11 against the Minnesota Vikings and December 20 against the Houston Texans. The Rams wore their 1999 throwbacks again on October 31, 2010, when they beat the Carolina Panthers 20–10. In 1994, the team's last season in Southern California, the Rams wore jerseys and pants replicating those of their 1951 championship season for their September games with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.[69]

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff Results
Cleveland Rams (AFL)
1936 5 2 2 2nd AFL --
Cleveland Rams (NFL)
1937 1 10 0 5th NFL West --
1938 4 7 0 4th NFL West --
1939 5 5 1 4th NFL West --
1940 4 6 1 4th NFL West --
1941 2 9 0 5th NFL West --
1942 5 6 0 3rd NFL West --
1943 Season suspended due to World War II
1944 4 6 0 4th NFL West --
1945 9 1 0 1st NFL West Won NFL Championship (Redskins)
Los Angeles Rams
1946 6 4 1 2nd NFL West --
1947 6 6 0 4th NFL West --
1948 6 5 1 3rd NFL West --
1949 8 2 2 1st NFL West Lost NFL Championship (Eagles)
1950 9 3 0 1st NFL NFC Won National Conference Playoff (Bears)
Lost NFL Championship (Browns)
1951 8 4 0 1st NFL NFC Won NFL Championship (Browns)
1952 9 3 0 2nd NFL NFC Lost National Conference Playoff (Lions)
1953 8 3 1 3rd NFL West --
1954 6 5 1 4th NFL West --
1955 8 3 1 1st NFL West Lost NFL Championship (Browns)
1956 4 8 0 T-5th NFL West --
1957 6 6 0 4th NFL West --
1958 8 4 0 T-2nd NFL West --
1959 2 10 0 6th NFL West --
1960 4 7 1 6th NFL West --
1961 4 10 0 6th NFL West --
1962 1 12 1 7th NFL West --
1963 5 9 0 6th NFL West --
1964 5 7 2 5th NFL West --
1965 4 10 0 7th NFL West --
1966 8 6 0 3rd NFL West --
1967 11 1 2 1st NFL Coastal Lost Conference Playoff Game](Packers)
1968 10 3 1 2nd NFL Coastal --
1969 11 3 0 1st NFL Coastal Lost Conference Playoff Game (Vikings)
1970 9 4 1 2nd NFC West --
1971 8 5 1 2nd NFC West --
1972 6 7 1 3rd NFC West --
1973 12 2 0 1st NFC West Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys)
1974 10 4 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins)
Lost Conference Championship (Vikings)
1975 12 2 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals)
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys)
1976 10 3 1 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys)
Lost Conference Championship (Vikings)
1977 10 4 0 1st NFC West Lost Divisional Playoffs (Vikings)
1978 12 4 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings)
Lost Conference Championship (Cowboys)
1979 9 7 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys)
Won Conference Championship (Buccaneers)
Lost Super Bowl XIV (Steelers)
1980 11 5 0 2nd NFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys)
1981 6 10 0 3rd NFC West --
1982 2 7 0 14th NFC Conf. --
1983 9 7 0 2nd NFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Redskins)
1984 10 6 0 2nd NFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants)
1985 11 5 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys)
Lost Conference Championship (Bears)
1986 10 6 0 2nd NFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins)
1987 6 9 0 3rd NFC West --
1988 10 6 0 2nd NFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings)
1989 11 5 0 2nd NFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles)
Won Divisional Playoffs (Giants)
Lost Conference Championship (49ers)
1990 5 11 0 3rd NFC West --
1991 3 13 0 4th NFC West --
1992 6 10 0 4th NFC West --
1993 5 11 0 4th NFC West --
1994 4 12 0 4th NFC West --
St. Louis Rams
1995 7 9 0 3rd NFC West --
1996 6 10 0 3rd NFC West --
1997 5 11 0 5th NFC West --
1998 4 12 0 5th NFC West --
1999 13 3 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings)
Won Conference Championship (Buccaneers)
Won Super Bowl XXXIV (Titans)
2000 10 6 0 2nd NFC West Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Saints)
2001 14 2 0 1st NFC West Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers)
Won Conference Championship (Eagles)
Lost Super Bowl XXXVI (Patriots)
2002 7 9 0 2nd NFC West --
2003 12 4 0 1st NFC West Lost Divisional Playoffs (Panthers)
2004 8 8 0 2nd NFC West Won Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks)
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Falcons)
2005 6 10 0 2nd NFC West --
*2006 3 1 0 Tied for 1st West --
Totals 509 457 20 (1937-2005, including NFL playoffs and excluding 1936 AFL Team)

* = Current Standing

Pro Football Hall of Famers

These Rams, and Cardinals Hall-of-Famers Dan Dierdorf, Jackie Smith and Larry Wilson, are honored in the Ring of Honor at the Edward Jones Dome. Only Slater, however, played for the Rams in St. Louis, and then only for the inaugural 1995 season.

Ollie Matson (33), Andy Robustelli (81), Dick "Night Train" Lane (also 81), coach Dutch Clark, general manager Tex Schramm, GM and later NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, and coach Sid Gillman are also members of the Hall of Fame, but were elected on the basis of their performances with other teams or (in the case of Rozelle) NFL administration. Dick Vermeil has become the first and still only St. Louis Rams figure inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Cardinals inducted into it include Dierdorf, Smith, Wilson, Conrad Dobler, Jim Hart and coach Jim Hanifan.

Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams Hall of Famers
No. Player Class Position(s) Years Played
-- George Allen 2002 Coach 1966-1970
76 Bob Brown 2004 OT 1969-1970
29 Eric Dickerson 1999 RB 1983-1987
55 Tom Fears 1970 End 1948-1956
40 Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch 1968 RB, WR 1949-1957
75 Deacon Jones 1980 DE 1961-1971
65 Tom Mack 1999 G 1966-1978
74 Merlin Olsen 1982 DT 1962-1976
-- Dan Reeves 1967 Owner 1941-1971
78 Jackie Slater 2001 OT 1976-1995
78 Norm Van Brocklin 1971 QB, P 1949-1957
7 Bob Waterfield 1965 QB, DB, K, P 1945-1952
85 Jack Youngblood 2001 DE 1974-1984

Retired numbers


Head coaches

Name From To Record Titles Won
W L T %
? 1936 1936 5 2 2 .666 0
Hugo Bezdek 1937 1938 1 13 0 .071 0
Art Lewis 1938 1938 4 4 0 .500 0
Dutch Clark 1939 1942 16 26 2 .386 0
Buff Donelli 1944 1944 4 6 0 .400 0
Adam Walsh 1945 1946 16 5 1 .772 1
Bob Snyder 1947 1947 6 6 0 .500 0
Clark Shaughnessy 1948 1949 6 6 0 .500 0
Joe Stydahar 1950 1952 19 9 0 .678 1
Hamp Pool 1952 1954 23 11 2 .666 0
Sid Gillman 1955 1959 28 32 1 .467 0
Bob Waterfield 1960 1962 9 24 1 .288 0
Harland Svare 1962 1965 14 31 3 .322 0
George Allen 1966 1970 49 19 4 .708 0
Tommy Prothro 1971 1972 14 12 2 .835 0
Chuck Knox 1973 1977 57 20 1 .737 0
Ray Malavasi 1978 1982 43 36 0 .394 0
John Robinson 1983 1991 79 74 0 .516 0
Chuck Knox 1992 1994 15 33 0 .312 0
Rich Brooks 1995 1996 13 19 0 .406 0
Dick Vermeil 1997 1999 25 26 0 .490 1
Mike Martz 2000 2005 56 36 0 .608 0
Joe Vitt 2005 2005 4 7 0 .363 0
Scott Linehan 2006 2008 11 21 0 .344 0
Jim Haslett October, 2008 October, 2008 2 8 0 .250 0
Steve Spagnuolo October, 2009 October, 2011 10 38 0 .208 0
Jeff Fisher October, 2012 present 27 36 1 .430 0

Current Staff

See also

External links

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