With the Los Angeles Lakers retiring Shaq’s jersey Tuesday, it got me thinking about the great Rams that have their jersey’s retired already and the one’s that should have or might have their jersey’s retired. The tough part of retiring a jersey is that nobody coming in can ever have that number, and the last thing you want to do is run out of jersey numbers. That is why retiring of jersey’s doesn’t happen very often and is such as honor when it does.
The most recent Rams players to have their jersey’s retired were Marshall Faulk’s number 28 back in 2007, and Isaac “Bruuuuuuuce’s” number 80 in 2010. These two players played a key part during the Rams’ good year earlier in the 21st century when the Rams were “The Greatest Show On Turf” and deserved the honor of having their jersey’s retired. And although neither player played their entire career with the Rams, both posted outstanding numbers when they did.
Since Bruce and Faulk left the team, the Rams haven’t had very many great players walk through the door. However, a few that might have their jersey’s retired when their time is up are Steven Jackson and Chris Long. Steven Jackson having his number retired is almost guaranteed and if it’s not Rams fans should protest. Jackson is the team’s all-time leading rusher and was the only bright spot on the team when they have been struggling for much of the past decade. Jackson also is not going to finish his career with the Rams, but not many players do these days.
Chris Long should also get his jersey retired when he throws in the towel. Chris Long has been the leader and bright spot in a defense that has not been very good at times to say the least. Long has only played five years and already has the 5th most career sacks in team history with 42 and very well could reach Leonard Little’s mark of 87.5 sacks by the time he retires.
One Rams player however that doesn’t have his jersey retired, but should have had their jersey retired, is Kurt Warner. Although Kurt Warner didn’t spend a lot of time is St. Louis. Much of the Rams’ success probably would not have happened had Trent Green not gone down with an ACL injury in the pre season game against the Chargers back in 1999. Warner gave the Rams their first Super Bowl, and led them to another. Warner also holds Rams Season Passing records in completions, yards, touchdowns, and passer rating. Warner is also top 5 in those category for his Rams career numbers as well. Had Warner finished his career in St. Louis he very well could be the all-time leader in all of those categories. Warner more than likely won’t ever get his jersey retired as Chris Givens now wears the number 13 and as of now is wearing it well.
Another Rams player that should have their jersey retired is Torry “Big Game” Holt. Torry Holt is second in almost every receiving category behind Isaac Bruce, whether it is the season record or career record Holt is right up there with Bruce. The only category Holt is not second in is most receiving touchdowns in a season where he s tied for 5th with Isaac Bruce. Holt was also a big part of the “Greatest Show On Turf” and was the last receiver on the Rams to have 1,000 yards receiving in a season. It is also unlikely that Holt will get his jersey retired as Mardy Gilyard wore the number 81 back in 2011.
This is just a small list, and there are definitely others who deserve to have their jersey’s retired that I forgot to mention. Although these players don’t have their jersey’s retired, they still will never be forgotten by Rams fans. These players brought lots of great memories and success to the Rams and have earned a special spot in the franchise’s history.