Los Angeles Rams: 30 greatest players in franchise history
By Dan Parzych
Rams fans are well aware of just how tough of a player Jack Youngblood was during his prime. For the football fans that are unaware, he played in the 1980 NFC playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl on a broken leg.
Sure, many will question why on earth would Youngblood ever consider doing this in a meaningless game like the Pro Bowl. Sometimes, this kind of crazy stuff is just what tough football players like Youngblood do to show their love for the game.
When seeing how Youngblood finished that regular season with 18 sacks, it’s no wonder Los Angeles would go on to reach the Super Bowl that year before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-19.
Despite the tough loss, Youngblood and the Rams still had plenty to be proud of from that season. 1979 happened to be the seventh year in a row in which the defender was honored by making the Pro Bowl.
Clearly, using a first-round pick on Youngblood in 1971 was the best decision the Rams could have made. He put together a hall of fame career out of Florida, spending it entirely with the Rams before retiring after the 1984 season.
By recording 151.5 sacks throughout his time in Los Angeles, Youngblood will always be considered one of the top defensive players to ever suit up for the Rams. He was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. It was certainly well deserved after all he accomplished in Rams uniform.