During the 1949 NFL Draft, the Rams knew they had nothing to lose by using a fourth-round pick on Norm Van Brocklin after watching his impressive play at Oregon. This would turn out to be exactly the case when looking at the impact made in the NFL.
After seeing limited action as a rookie in 1949 by only appearing in eight games, while throwing for 601 yards to go along with six touchdowns and two interceptions, Van Brocklin watched his career take off in 1950 when he started to see more action on offense.
Van Brocklin earned six trips in a row to the Pro Bowl from 1950 to 1955, along with helping the Rams win the NFL Championship during the 1951 season. This shows that fourth-round selection back in 1949 was well worth taking.
Even though Van Brocklin’s final two years with the Rams from 1956 to 1957 didn’t look as good as the beginning of his career, those six Pro Bowl seasons were truly incredible, as he was playing his best stretch of football then.
If only Van Brocklin decided to avoid retirement before the 1958 season before changing his mind and returning before getting traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, maybe things could have ended on a higher note with the Rams?