LA Rams: 15 greatest linebackers of All Time

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LA Rams All-Time Lists Jack Pardee
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Jack Pardee. 3. player. 51. . OLB. (1958-71)

LA Rams linebacker Jack Pardee was a player who many have linked to his time as the head coach of the Houston Oilers, Washington Football team, or the Chicago Bears. But in his playing days, he was a dominating outside linebacker for the LA Rams defense, and he dominated for 13 years with the team.

Pardee was ahead of his time. While he lasted a Herculean 13 seasons with the Rams defense, perhaps his most iconic season occurred in 1967, the year he picked off six passes. That occurred in a 14-game season and is an outstanding mark for even a defensive back, let alone an outside linebacker.

Interceptions were no surprise to the 6-foot-2 225-pound defender, who was able to pick off 17 passes for the Rams over his 13-season career. He was able to return four of those interceptions for touchdowns. He was voted four times to All-Conference and twice made All-Pro.

Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Described as a man of character, honesty, and compassion. He was more than just a player, as he proved to be one of the best NFL offensive coaching minds of his generation. He was also more than just a linebacker, as he was also a very accomplished fullback in his college football playing days as well.

Pardee helped the Rams to three playoff appearances but was unable to help the team advance beyond the first round. Sadly, Pardee has passed away on April 1, 2013.