9 best backup quarterbacks in Rams franchise history

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Ron Jaworski
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IX: Ron Jaworski

While he was a backup for the LA Rams, quarterback Ron Jaworski was a heroic quarterback who was known as a heroic starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Curiously, the 6-foot-2 196-pound hurler for the Rams served as a dependable backup for the Rams for three NFL seasons and led the Rams to a perfect 3-0 record over that time frame.

He was the untested backup quarterback to starter James Harris (mentioned later in this article). After three seasons, Jaworski was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for Pro Bowl TE Charlie Young. Unfortunately for Rams fans, that trade is considered to be the best trade in franchise history, for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Perhaps it's only fair to Philadelphia Eagles fans, as the Eagles had previously traded wide receiver Harold Jackson and two first-round draft picks to acquire former Rams QB Roman Gabriel before the 1973 NFL season. That trade shed an aging Gabriel and restocked the Rams' draft picks.

Short-lived backup, long storied NFL career

Jaworski, also known as 'Jaws,' appeared on the radar of many NFL teams after he led the Rams to a playoff victory against the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 35-23. Despite the usual reliance on the running attack, Jaworski launched a phenomenal 66-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Harold Jackson.

Despite his success on the football field, Jaworski's accuracy gave no indication that he would become such a proficient passer for the City of Brotherly Love. In fact, the 'Polish Rifle,' would end his short chapter with the Rams having completed just 54 of 124 passes (43.5 percent accuracy) for 719 yards, one touchdown, and eight interceptions.

But he instantly became the Eagles starter under their new head coach Dick Vermeil, and led the Eagles to four consecutive NFL Playoffs appearances.