Similar to Jeff Kemp’s situation, it’s difficult not to wonder what could have been with John Hadl if the Rams got more time with the quarterback other than only two seasons. However, he was traded in the middle of the 1974 NFL season to the Green Bay Packers.
Still, watching Hadl lead the Rams to the playoffs during the 1973 season, while taking home NFC Player of the Year honors shows just how special of a quarterback he was for the team.
In 14 games as the starter that season, Hadl was fantastic for the Rams after posting a 12-2 record during the regular season, while throwing for just over 2,000 yards (2,008) to go along with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Unfortunately, the Rams would watch their dreams of making a run at the Super Bowl come to an end right away after the Dallas Cowboys eliminated them right away in the NFC Divisional Round.
To say Hadl failed to show up for the Rams in this one would be a huge understatement since he only completed seven of 23 passes for 133 yards and an interception. Even so, this shouldn’t take away from the impressive play from the Cowboys.
Once again, some will question whether Hadl deserves to be on this list after only one impressive season with the Rams, but also this shows just how great he was in 1973 for Los Angeles.