Los Angeles Rams: 15 greatest running backs of all-time

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Charles White, Los Angeles Rams
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Charles White. 14. player. 51. . RB. (1985-88)

The Rams were beyond thankful to see things not work out for Charles White when he was with the Cleveland Browns. After his first four years in the league, the former tailback at USC joined the Rams ahead of the 1985 NFL season.

Despite high expectations during the 1980 NFL Draft when he was selected in the first round, White just never seemed like a good fit in Cleveland. As a result, the numbers from his first four NFL seasons were basically a disappointment. Keep in mind he won the 1979 Heisman Trophy while at USC.

A former first-round running back rushing for just 942 yards with nine touchdowns during a four-year span. It shows just how frustrating it was to watch White in Cleveland. Luckily, things turned around for the better when he came to Los Angeles, although it did take some time.

After two seasons with the Rams, White finally had the breakout season he desperately needed. In 1987, he led the league with 1,374 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns on 324 carries. He was named to the Pro Bowl, as well as the All-Pro First-Team for the only time in his career. White played one last year with the Rams in 1988 before being out of the league.

Substance abuse derailed what should have been a promising career for White. However, he did have his best professional season in the same stadium he once starred at in college for USC as a member of the 1987 Rams.