Los Angeles Rams: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time
Technically, the Rams used a first-round draft pick on Elroy Hirsch back in 1945 when the team was playing in Cleveland. Since there were some previous issues with his contract after three seasons with the Chicago Rockets in the AAFC, it only seems fair to have him on the list.
Originally, the interest wasn’t there on Hirsch’s end to play for the Rams. Thank goodness he would eventually come around to the idea, since the halfback would go down as one of the greatest players to ever be part of the organization.
During the 1951 season, Hirsch played a big role in helping the Rams win the championship after catching 66 passes for 1,495 yards with 17 touchdown. He led the league in all three categories.
For his career with the Rams, Hirsch would finish with 343 catches for 6,299 yards and 53 touchdowns, making the team feel extra thankful over figuring out a way to work things out when they did.
Otherwise, who knows if the Rams would have been able to win the championship when they did during the 1951 season? Chances seem slim if Hirsch wasn’t part of the picture, as he led the way on offense with his production.