LA Rams: 15 greatest linebackers of All Time

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LA Rams All-Time Lists Roman Phifer
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(1991-98). Roman Phifer. 8. player. 51. . OLB

Rams outside linebacker Roman Phifer was the inverse scenario to Robert Quinn. Phifer was tasked with serving as the defensive glue when the LA Rams moved to Saint Louis.  And just like Quinn, Phifer played well on both ends of that team-inspired journey.

Curiously, Phifer moved on from the Rams to sign on with the New York Jets in the year when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl. Although he did not participate in the Super Bowl-winning team, Phifer did plenty on to set them up to win it all.

In eight seasons with the Rams, he started 109 games and competed in 120 contests. He managed to put up 696 tackles, 16.5 quarterback sacks, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries for the team.

Phifer was a 4-3 outside linebacker for the Rams’ defense. He was a huge player, even a solid size for the modern version of football. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 248-pounds, Phifer was a fiercely competitive defender and had a good nose for the football. He eventually would end up playing for the New England Patriots, where he would win three Super Bowls.

Phifer would remain in football after his 15-year career, parlaying his NFL experience into a number of ever-increasing coaching roles. He then took on the role of NFL scout for the Detroit Lions, where he remained for three seasons before taking on a Senior Personnel Executive role with the Denver Broncos in May 2021. In addition to his football career, he produced a film entitled ‘Blood Equity’ which was a hard-hitting production looking at life after the NFL in 2009.