An NFL career that spans 20 years is already an outstanding feat. To forge that career with a single franchise is even more impressive. And that was what offensive tackle Jackie Slater did.
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Slater had a successful high school career as a two-way star for Wingfield High School in Jackson, MS. This caught the attention of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, who personally recruited him to Jackson State University. They would go on to play together for three years, collecting all sorts of accolades under head coach Bob Hill and offensive line coach Melvin Pete.
The offensive extraordinaire would then proceed to craft a professional career after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft.
For three seasons, he spent most of his time as backup before becoming the starting right tackle in 1979. That year, the Rams made their first Super Bowl appearance.
During his NFL tenure, he was selected to seven Pro Bowls and awarded five All-Pro selections due primarily to his offensive consistency and prowess in defending quarterback sacks that led to a high total team yard gains and rushing stats.
He retired in 1995 after playing one season in St. Louis as the franchise relocated there. To celebrate his dominant and lengthy career, he was enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his jersey number 78 was retired in 2001.
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Former Los Angeles Rams offensive linesman Duval Love was drafted by the franchise back in 1985. One of his first glorious moments in the league was seeing his name on the locker right next to Jackie Slater’s. To read more about the Rams and NFL, in general, visit this website.