One can only imagine how different things would have been in the 1960s if Roman Gabriel decided to play in the AFL with the Oakland Raiders instead of the NFL with the Rams. At least it turned out to be a non-issue for the Rams.
Beginning in 1962, Gabriel would go on to spend the next 11 seasons playing with the Rams. This is another perfect example of it doesn’t always matter how a player starts his career since sometimes it takes a little time to adjust.
Gabriel’s first five years with the Rams should be described as average at best since it wasn’t until 1967 when things started to take off for the former North Carolina State product.
Not only did Gabriel go on to earn trips to the Pro Bowl in the next three seasons, but he threw for 68 touchdown passes and even earn MVP honors during the 1969 NFL season.
If only Gabriel and the Rams didn’t come up short in the playoffs that year to the Minnesota Vikings, it would have made the season even more enjoyable. Given that Gabriel spent 11 years with the franchise, it should come as no surprise that he remains a fan favorite.