Remembering The Los Angeles Rams In The ‘80s

As the ‘70s came to a close, the Los Angeles Rams suffered a tragic loss when their owner Carroll Rosenbloom drowned. When Rosenbloom’s widow, Georgia Frontiere, took over, she moved the franchise from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium. Enter the ‘80s.

The early ‘80s saw the franchise rebuilding itself. Their fans were halved, though, when the Oakland Raiders took the Los Angeles Coliseum and won the Super Bowl in 1983.

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1983 proved to be a big year for the Rams as coach John Robinson entered the picture. He took out aging players from the ‘70s. This move led to a massive improvement of the team as they reached the playoffs that year. Robinson’s influence was further seen when the Rams reached the NFC Championship in 1985 but were beaten by the mighty Chicago Bears, who would go on to win the championship.

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Another big reason for the success of the Rams was a fantastic running back by the name of Eric Dickerson. He started out for the Rams in 1983 and became Rookie of the Year. He would set rushing records and go on to have five outstanding years for the Rams.

Even after Dickerson was traded in 1987 to the Indianapolis Colts, the Rams remained strong contenders. This was because Ernie Zampese had come to town. Zampese was an avant-garde leader on the field, often employing unorthodox methods of offense, that no defender had seen before. Because of Zampese, the Rams moved up from being 28th in offense in 1986 to 3rd in 1990.

Duval Love was a twelve-year NFL veteran. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1985. For more on Love, the NFL and, the Los Angeles Rams, check out this blog.

No Love Lost: The Story Of a 10th Round Nfl Draft Pick

In 1985, a Los Angeles native was anxiously waiting for his name to be called, which would signal the start of his NFL career. Duval Love played prep football at Fountain Valley High School and college football at UCLA. And like any other player, he wished to translate his school football career to the professional league. But after nine rounds of draft, his name has yet to be mentioned.

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Love was not supposed to be chosen later than the fourth round, as some scouts had predicted after seeing his performance during his junior season in college. Being selected in the 10th round was naturally a devastating turn of events for Love. And even though his hometown team drafted him, the Los Angeles Rams, he knew that his work was cut out for him because he’d be playing for a team that had four pro bowlers on the offensive line – the position he was playing.

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Not keeping his head down, Love put in the work needed from him and eventually made the team. But while the Rams had a pretty decent offensive line, the rest of the team was struggling, leading to unsuccessful campaigns. But 1991 saw a change of fortune for the guard as the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him, albeit being a Plan B.

Nevertheless, it is with the Steelers where Love found success. In 1995, Love would be named to his lone pro bowl appearance because of his solid performance during the season. He was also a significant contributor to the Steelers’ playoff runs, but his team fell short of reaching the Super Bowl. Love would go on to play with the Arizona Cardinals during the last two years of his inspiring career that proves that staying positive and toughing it out can transform a 10th round draft pick to an all-star.

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