It is that time of year again. The time of year where players wait to become legends of the game. Some dreams will become reality and hearts will be broken, but when all is said and done a new class of players will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Right now it is still very early in the process, but nonetheless the first round of cuts have been made and there former Rams are in the semi-finalist group of twenty five former players, coaches, and contributors to the league. Those three are RB Jerome Betts, LB/DE Kevin Greene, and CB/S Aeneas Williams.
Although Bettis did not make his career in St. Louis, the L.A. Rams did draft him in the first round and he did earn first team all-pro and rookie of the year in his first season rushing for 1,429 yards.
Bettis rushed for 1,025 yards in his second season, but only rushed for just over 600 yards in his third season which lead to the Rams trading Bettis to Pittsburgh with a 3rd round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft in exchange for a second round selection in the same draft and a fourth round selection in the 1997 draft.
Bettis also known as “The Bus” went on to rush for 10,571 yards with the Steelers and won Super Bowl XL in 2005.
Greene played seven season in Los Angeles and was named all pro in 1989 with the Rams. Greene recorded 72.5 sacks and went to the pro bowl once.
Greene finished his career with 160 sacks playing for the Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers. Greene now coaches for the Packers. Greened retired as the NFL’s third all-time sack leader and the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks by a linebacker.
Williams started his career in Phoenix where he played for the Cardinals for the first nine years of his career. There Williams was recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in the league and was one of the best defenders and players in Cardinals history, as well as one of the greatest shutdown corners of all time.
Williams then went on to St. Louis where he played a major part in their run to the Super Bowl in 2001 intercepting Brett Favre twice and recovering a fumble in the divisional playoff round then intercepting McNabb to seal the Rams’ birth to go to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.
The finalists for the Hall of Fame will be announce on January 8, 2014 and then the final list will be announced on February 1st the evening before the Superbowl. On another side note former Rams DT, D’Marco Farr will be inducted into the Rams team Hall of Fame.