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Rams’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Rams began play in the NFL in Cleveland in 1937, moved to Los Angeles in 1946 and then to St. Louis in 1995. The franchise has won three championships, including once in the Super Bowl era by the Kurt Warner-led “Greatest Show on Turf.” The Rams have been competitive more often than not, as they also had some great teams in the ‘70’s and probably other eras when I was too young to understand or not born yet. Anyway, here is a short list of the Rams’ all-time passing touchdown leaders to date:
Roman Gabriel (154)—Roman Gabriel played for the Los Angeles Rams most of his career, from 1962 to 1972, and he ranks first in team history with 154 touchdown passes. Gabriel had a career high 25 TD passes in 1967, and career best 3219 passing yards in 1973 with the Eagles. But his best overall season was probably 1969. That year, Gabriel threw for 2549 yards, 24 TDs (led the NFL) and just 7 interceptions, earning his only first team All Pro nod.
Jim Everett (142)—Jim Everett played for the L.A. Rams from 1986 to 1993, and he ranks second in franchise history with 142 TD passes. Everett had arguably his best season in 1988, with 3964 passing yards, a career high 31 touchdown passes (led the NFL), and 18 picks.
Marc Bulger (122)—Marc Bulger played for the Rams his entire career, from 2002 to 2009 (well maybe his NFL career is not quite over as I write this in 2010, but he is not on an NFL team), and he ranks third in team history with 122 touchdown passes. Bulger had his best season in 2006, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in passing yards (4301) and TD passes (24), with just 8 interceptions.
Norm Van Brocklin (118)—Norm Van Brocklin played for the Rams from 1949 to 1957, and he ranks fourth in their history with 118 TD passes. Van Brocklin had a career high 24 touchdown passes with the Eagles in 1960, but his best season with the Rams was arguably 1957, when he threw for 2105 yards, with 20 TD passes, despite 21 picks.
Kurt Warner (102)—Kurt Warner played for the Rams from 1998 to 2003, coming over from the Arena League and of course, working in a grocery store. Warner had three incredible seasons there before injuries eventually led to his release and signing with the Giants. But Warner’s three seasons of dominance were other-worldly. He ranks fifth in Rams’ franchise history with 102 touchdown passes, and his best season was 1999, the year he led St. Louis to a Super Bowl title. That season, Warner threw for 4353 yards, with a career high 41 touchdown passes, and 13 interceptions. That gave him a stunning 109.2 passer rating and a first team All Pro nod.