- Los Angeles Rams
- August 14, 2018
Established in 1936, the Los Angeles Rams, commonly known as the Rams, are a professional football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL), as members of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) West division. Until the present days, the team won 2 NFL Championships (1945, 1951), one Super Bowl Championship (1999), six Conference Championships and 16 Division Championships.
The Los Angeles Rams colors are Millennium blue, New Century gold and white; while their home field planned for 2020 is Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park. The Chairman of the team is American businessman and entrepreneur Stan Kroenke, the owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
The Cleveland Rams
The Cleveland Rams were founded in 1936 by Homer Marshman and Damon Wetzel. On 12th of February 1937 they joined the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s Western Division. The Rams began with a series of losing seasons and ceased operations during the 1943 season because of a shortage of players during World War II. However, they came back in 1944, achieving a 9–1 record and winning their first NFL Championship in 1945, a 15–14 home field victory against the Washington Redskins.
The beginning of the Los Angeles Rams era
Daniel Reeves, the owner of the team at that time, managed to move the Rams to Los Angeles in 1946 and tried to lease the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as their home field. A precondition for signing the lease was for them to integrate at least one African-American player in their team; therefore, on 21st of March 1946 they added Kenny Washington and on 7th of May 1946, singed the second black player, Woody Strode. Buckled up with a new facility and team members, the Los Angeles Rams finished their first season with a 6-4-1 record, second place after the Chicago Bears.
At the beginning of the 1950s, the Los Angeles Rams featured a high-powered offense starring quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and ends Tom Fears and Elroy Hirsch. The team had no losing seasons between 1950 and 1955. In 1951, they defeated the Cleveland Browns, winning the 1951 NFL championship. Nonetheless, over the course of the 60’s, the Rams didn’t advance any further than the divisional playoff round.
With defensive end star Jack Youngblood, called the ‘Perfect Defensive End’ by Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, the Rams made a club-record eight consecutive playoff berths from 1973 to 1980. In 1979, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-19 during the Divisional Playoffs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 in the NFC Championship Game, advancing for the first time to the Super Bowl Championship, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers with 19-31.
The winning of the 1999 Super Bowl Championship
In 1981, they only won six games and missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years; and between 1990 and 1994, they won only six games in each season. After years of struggles, in 1999, with quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk as well as wild receivers Torry Holt and Bruce Isaac, they finished the regular season with a 13-3 record. The Rams won their first Super Bowl title, beating the Tennessee Titans 23-16. After the spectacular comeback, they continued to be one of the highest-scoring teams in the league through the first years of the 21st century and returned once more to the Super Bowl in 2002, but lost to the New England Patriots 17-20.
2016 – Present
After a 22-year absence from Los Angeles, the Rams played their first preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, defeating them with a 28-24 victory. During the regular season, they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 28-0.
The team began 2017 with a score of 3-2, followed by four consecutive won games, including against the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants. The Los Angeles Rams won their first NFC West title since 2003, by defeating the Tennessee Titans 27-23. In spite of their admirable results, they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the defending conference champion Atlanta Falcons, with a score of 13-26.
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