Rams’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Rams have had three homes—Cleveland, Los Angeles, and currently St. Louis. And for the most part, the team has been competitive wherever it’s been. The L.A. Rams made it to one Super Bowl and lost, and the St. Louis Rams during the Greatest Show on Turf years made it twice, winning once after the 1999 season. Here is a list of the franchise’s all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Isaac Bruce (14,109)—Isaac Bruce played most of his career with the Rams before signing in 2008 with the 49ers, and Bruce’s career began in Los Angeles in 1994 so he was with this franchise for 14 seasons. And in addition to ranking first in Rams’ history with 14,109 receiving yards, Bruce also ranks second in NFL history only to Jerry Rice, with 14,904 yards and counting. Amazingly, though, he’s only made the Pro Bowl four times. Bruce’s best season was 1995, when he had career highs in receptions (119), receiving yards (1781) and touchdown catches (13).
Torry Holt (12,660)—Torry Holt played for the Rams for the first ten years of his career, from 1999 to 2008, before signing in 2009 with Jacksonville. Holt ranks second in franchise history with 12,660 receiving yards, which also ranks him 14th in NFL history at the moment—and as I write this he’s still only 31 years old. Holt formed one of the best 1-2 receiving tandems ever along with Bruce, and he has made the Pro Bowl seven times, including once as a first team All Pro. Holt’s best season was that All Pro campaign of 2003, when he had career highs in receptions (117), receiving yards (1696), and TD catches (12)—the receptions and yards led the NFL that year.
Henry Ellard (9761)—Henry Ellard played most of his career for the L.A. Rams, from 1983 to 1993, and he ranks third in team history with 9761 receiving yards. Ellard made the Pro Bowl in a Rams’ uniform three times, including twice as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1988, with career best numbers in receptions (86), receiving yards (1414, led the NFL) and touchdown catches (10).
Elroy Hirsch (6299)—Elroy Hirsch began his career with the Chicago Rockets and then played for the Rams from 1949 to 1957, ranking fourth in their history with 6299 receiving yards. Hirsch made the Pro Bowl three times in a Rams’ uniform, twice as a first team All Pro. His best season by far was 1951, when he had career highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (1495) and TD catches (17)—all of which led the NFL. In addition, Hirsch’s 124.6 yards per game that season not only led the league, but it’s also the third-best mark in NFL history for a single season.
Jack Snow (6012)—Jack Snow played in Los Angeles his entire career, from 1965 to 1975, and ranks fifth in the team’s history with 6012 receiving yards. Snow made the Pro Bowl in 1967 when he had a career best and league-leading 26.3 yards per catch (fourth best mark in NFL history). But his best overall season was 1970, when Snow had career best numbers in receptions (51) and receiving yards (859) with 7 touchdowns.
Tom Fears (5397)—Left end Tom Fears played his entire career with the Rams, from 1948 to 1956, and ranks sixth in franchise history with 5397 receiving yards. Fears’ best season was 1950, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he had career highs in catches (84) and receiving yards (1116), with 7 touchdown receptions.
Flipper Anderson (5246)—Flipper Anderson played most of his career in Los Angeles, from 1988 to 1994, and ranks seventh in Rams’ history with 5246 receiving yards. Anderson had his best season in 1989, with 44 catches for a career best 1146 yards and 5 touchdowns. His 26.0 yards per catch that season led the NFL, and ranks seventh in NFL history for a single season.
Red Phillips (4953)—Red Phillips played most of his career in Los Angeles, from 1958 to 1964, and ranks eighth in team history with 4953 receiving yards. Phillips made the Pro Bowl three times, including first team All Pro his best season of 1961. That year, Phillips had career highs in receptions (78) and receiving yards (1092) with 5 TD catches.
Jim Benton (4566)—Jim Benton played for the Rams in both Cleveland and Los Angeles, from 1938 to 1942, and again from 1944 to 1947. Benton was the first receiver to gain more than 300 yards in a game, which he did in 1945 with 303, a record that stood for forty years. He ranks ninth in Rams’ history with 4566 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl three times, twice as first team All Pro. Benton’s best season was that 1945 campaign, when he caught 45 passes for a career best 1067 yards and 8 touchdowns (also career high).
Marshall Faulk (4071)—Running back Marshall Faulk was a double threat, because he was also an excellent receiver. Faulk played for the Rams from 1999 to 2005, and he ranks tenth in franchise history with 4071 receiving yards. Faulk made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons in a Rams’ uniform, including three times as first team All Pro. Faulk had his best season in 1999, not coincidentally the year the Rams won the Super Bowl. That year, he caught a career high 87 passes for 1048 yards (also career best), and also rushed for 1381 yards, giving Faulk a career high (and still an NFL record) 2429 yards from scrimmage