Rams’ Mt. Rushmore could feature Greatest Show on Turf

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The St. Louis Rams have been around for a longer time than most fans realize.  Founded in Cleveland 76 years ago, the Rams later spent nearly a half-century in Los Angeles before relocating to St. Louis.

The future location(s) of the franchise aren’t known, but the goal for now is to identify the four most significant figures in franchise history.

With the Rams producing only one Super Bowl win, there could be a few spots consumed by members of the so-called Greatest Show on Turf.

Of course, the Fearsome Foursome may disagree.  Make your case below for whoever you think should make it.

104 responses to “Rams’ Mt. Rushmore could feature Greatest Show on Turf

  1. As a guy who went to college with Kurt Warner, I’d love to throw him on there, but there’s just no room on the list.

    Deacon Jones
    Merlin Olsen
    Eric Dickerson
    Marshall Faulk

  2. Off the Top of My Head:

    Merlin Olsen
    Deacon Jones
    Crazy Legs Hirsch
    Bob Waterfield
    Marshall Faulk
    Kurt Warner

    Rams fans can argue how to get to four.

  3. It’s really something to think that Kurt Warner could actually exist on two of these “Mt. Rushmores” between the Rams and the Cardinals.

  4. Jack Youngblood
    Merlin Olsen
    Deacon Jones
    Marshall Faulk

    It was tough to leave out Kurt Warner, Tory Holt, and Isaac Bruce. Bruce was a solid player for a very long time, but it’s hard to say he was top 4 in Rams history. Holt was also great but can’t make the cut. Kurt Warner was the toughest to leave off, but he was really only a Ram for a few seasons before moving onto New York

  5. Eric Dickerson
    Steven Jackson
    Kurt Warner
    Isaac Bruce

    Honorable mentions-Jackie Slater,Orlando Pace,Torry Holt… just to name a few

  6. As a long-time football fan of most of my 36 years I would suggest:

    DE – Deacon Jones
    QB – Kurt Warner
    RB – Marshall Faulk
    DT – Merlin Olsen

    Candidates that missed the cut were: Jack Youngblood (dude played linebacker on a broken leg) and T Jackie Slater

  7. Cleveland Gary used to be an under rated player on Tecmo Bowl. I loved that guy.

    Seriously though, there are a lot more Ram’s players than I originally thought.

    Jack Youngblood
    Deacon Jones
    Merlin Olsen
    Marshall Faulk
    Eric Dickerson
    Crazy Legs Hirsch
    Orlando Pace
    Isaac Bruce
    Jackie Slater
    Henry Ellard

  8. A franchise that has been rich in talent if not titles. This is hard to narrow down to 4 guys.

    Deacon Jones
    Eric Dickerson
    Marshall Faulk
    Kurt Warner

    That doesn’t deny the greatness of Youngblood, Holt, Bruce, etc, but I feel that Warner must be named as a SB winning QB that a great deal to do with that teams championship. I wanted to throw Coach Vermiel on here as well, but in this instance I went all players. This is a harder exercise than I first thought it would be when you guys started doing these.

  9. It should only be for St. Louis Rams.

    LA Rams deserve their own Mt. Rushmore.

    Are you really going to add the Baltimore Colts to Indy? Oilers to the Titans? St. Louis Cards to Arizona? Etc, Etc…Those were all different teams, different fanbases. Give each its respect.

  10. at least I only have to narrow it down to eight right now.

    Marshall Faulk
    Eric Dickerson
    Jack Youngblood
    Dick Vermeil
    Norm Van Brocklin
    Isaac Bruce
    Merlin Olsen
    Kurt Warner

    I have read some nominees that ppl have listed, and how does Dick Vermeil go un nammed?

  11. Hacksaw Reynolds?

    The sad thing for the Rams is that they had so many great players, and never really accomplished that much.

  12. I’m not a Rams fan. but how could ANYONE leave Jackie Slater off their top four? Guy played tackle for TWENTY YEARS! That just doesn’t happen.

  13. Olsen, Dickerson, Deacon Jones and Pace (it has been said that there would be no Greatest Show on Turf without Orlando Pace….who narrowly beats out Jackie Slater).

  14. Deacon Jones
    Eric Dickerson
    Marshall Faulk
    Jackie Slater

    HM:
    Kurt Warner
    Isaac Bruce
    Orlando Pace
    Jack Youngblood

  15. Youngblood
    Deacon Jones
    Merlin Olsen
    Jackie Slater
    Marshall Faulk
    Orlando Pace

    HM: Warner, Bruce and Holt. I could see Warner either going here or the Cardinals–more so with the Rams due to the fact he won one and took them to another but then again, he took the Cardinals to a Superbowl and if it wasn’t for terrible defense that last two minutes–they would of won. Poor Fitzgerald too. He did everything he could to make sure he found the end zone prior to Steelers getting ball back. Bruce and Holt were both really good–with Bruce being more consistent IMO and better of the two.

  16. People are losing sight about what mt Rushmore is all about. It’s not about a few players that were good for a few years but players that epitomize what the franchise is all about. It’s the first faces that pop in your head. The turf teams were great but those were about teams rather than individuals. When I think about rams I think about the fearsome foursome, blood and running backs. With that criteria, it can be none other than:

    Deacon jones, Merlin Olsen, jack Youngblood and Dickerson.

  17. Eric Dickerson
    Deacon Jones
    Jackie Slater

    Jack Youngblood

    The first three were locks for me, and debated about the 4th spot, with Faulk or Merlin Olsen the next most likely.

  18. LA Rams: Jackie Slater, Dickerson, Olsen, Deacon Jones, Jack Youngblood
    (dark place in hell for Georgia Frontiere)

    St Louis Rams: Warner, Faulk, Pace, Bruce

  19. Vermeil would also have to at least be in the discussion or Honorable Mention. In time, if things really pan out like they appear they could in Stl, I think Les Snead could end up being one of the franchises’ greatest GMs and bring them back to contention for the SB and maybe even another title or two.

  20. To the poster above who mentions a good point, I agree. This would be tough. I guess the argument would be that they are still the same franchise over the years but I can see a case for Baltimore Colts having their own, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Houston Oilers, heck even the Cleveland Browns could have two different ones–however, they haven’t had much greatness since returning…but I just wanted to say props for pointing this out. I thought that when these first started. I may be in the minority here but I like these a lot.

    It is a great way to fill some time in the off-season, which can’t end fast enough for me; it leads to great debates, most of which have been very respectful and it allows all of us to see what other fans think of their respective team, as well as what fans in general think of all the players in the game’s history. Just my two pennies.

  21. Looking at the rich history of the Rams, there are so many great players. All of the players listed are in the HOF and the Rams have recognized their greatness and have retired their numbers.

    Deacon Jones- this man revolutionized the way D lineman get to the QB

    Eric Dickerson- One of the greatest RB to ever play the game, Still holds single season record

    Jackie Slater- Played for 20 years

    Marshall Faulk- Without Faulk, there is no GSOT, Could do it all, Run, Catch, Block.

  22. Yall are all wrong Bettis dosent deserve to be on the list, he had his best season with Steelers. Yes Kurt Belongs on the list because he got them a SB, but what bout these old school players:
    Norm Van Brocklin
    Roman Gabriel
    Crazy Legs Hirsch
    Bob Waterfield

    of course Faulk and Dickerson will be on it so should Crazy Legs, NVB, and Decon Jones

  23. @anicra

    Wow, good call. Totally forgot about ‘Ol Flipper. I am not sure of the career comparisons by any means but he would probably be #1 or 2 for the Rams as far as receivers, wouldn’t he. Him and Bruce, then Holt?
    Man, these Rushmores are kind of tough when you really have time to think about it. Even then, most teams have 8 to 10 players that would quality easily–again, most teams. Texans, Jaguars and Panthers really only being the ones who don’t IMO–but of course, they haven’t been around long enough either.

  24. Okay–so for STL
    Vermeil
    Warner
    Faulk
    Bruce
    Holt
    Pace

    for LA
    Deacon
    Slater
    Olsen
    Dickerson
    Anderson
    Youngblood

  25. Deacon Jones
    Merlin Olsen
    Marshall Faulk
    Norm Van Brocklin*

    *Warner is more familiar, but no other Ram QB went to as many Pro Bowls or played in as many title games as the Flying Dutchman.

  26. Jackie Slater
    Orlando Pace
    Marshall Faulk
    Kurt Warner

    just missing are
    Jim Everett
    Dieter Brock
    Georgia Frontierre’s lifeguard training class

  27. Merlin Olsen
    Deacon Jones
    Jack Youngblood
    Jackie Slater

    Faulk was close, and if he and Warner and Dickerson had played more years with the Rams, they may have made my list (Faulk for sure). Also very tough to leave off Bruce, Pace and Holt.

  28. Fearsome Foursome
    Eric Dickerson
    Marshall Faulk
    Elroy Hirsch
    Kurt Warner
    Jackie Slater
    Kevin Greene
    Charlie Cowan
    Joe Scibelli
    Norm Van Broklin
    Deacon Dan Towler
    Jack Snow

  29. Deacon Jones
    Jackie Slater
    Eric Dickerson
    Norm Van Brocklin – Split his career between teams but shined for years, regardless.

    Just missing the cut:

    Rosie Grier – He spent his career between two teams as well. Won a championship but not with the Rams, otherwise, he’d be in the talks for their Rushmore, no doubt. A true shame.

    Also just missing the cut, and it hurts to not include them:

    Merlin Olsen
    Bob Waterfield
    Jack Youngblood
    Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch
    Orlando Pace
    Kurt Warner
    Marshall Faulk
    Dick Vermiel

    Just missing the cut to miss the cut:

    Tom Fears
    Isaac Bruce
    Tory Holt
    Henry Ellard
    Sean Landeta – Also really hurt here by being on too many teams.

  30. Eric Dickerson
    Deacon Jones
    Merlin Olsen
    Marshall Faulk

    Honorable Mention: Jack Youngblood, Jackie Slater, Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace, Issac Bruce.

    They may have only one Super Bowl win, but this franchise has had a lot of talent come through the door.

  31. Dick Vermiel Must go to NFL hall of Fame for winning a Suberbowl with an Organization that was run as bad as the Rams were in the late 90’s!

    Players
    Jack Youngblood
    Kurt Warner
    Isaac Bruce
    Merlin Olsen

  32. Come on Rams Fans, it seems so few know your Rams history.

    OK so I was a equipment assistant for the visitors locker room at the coliseum when I wasn’t sitting with my family in tunnel 9, row 11, seat 6 for virtually every LA game at home from 1960 on. I have met most of these guys.

    Mt. Rushmore:
    Norm Van Brocklin
    Crazy Legs Hirsh
    Merlin Olsen
    Deacon Jones

    Honorable mentions:
    (All these guys hold a significant Rams or NFL records)

    Bob Waterfield
    Tom Mack (In the Hall of Fame)
    Eric Dickerson
    Marshal Falk
    Jack Youngblood
    Jack Snow
    Tom Fears
    Eddie Meador
    Ollie Matson
    Rosie Grier
    Lamar Lundy
    Deacon Dan Towler
    Willie Anderson
    Jack Pardee
    Fred Dryer

    Actually, the list could go on to include many good players from St. Louis, but I gotta cut it off somewhere, no disrespect intended.

  33. Sorry, but Kurt is not just the greatest Ram pall time, but the greatest QB of all time. Took two teams to three Super Bowls and holds records in all three. In the two losses, it was the defense that lost it for them not Kurt.

    Warner, Faulk, Olsen, Jones(Deacon).

  34. No mentions of Mike Martz? There have been numberous tips of the cap to guys like Olrando Pace, Kurt Warner, Marshal Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Tory Holt and Dick Vermeil saying that there wouldn’t have been a greatest show on Turf without them, but there certainly wouldn’t have been a Greatest Show without the offensive coordinator that designed the attack.

  35. Only St. Louis players should be eligible. LA Rams didn’t play in front of real fans.

    Faulk
    Holt
    Warner
    Bruce.

  36. @stlouram when you say LA fans aren’t “real” fans, are you referring to the 102,000 fans who set an NFL record for a single game attendance at the Coliseum for a Rams game? Looking around the Dome lately, looks like your “real” Rams fans are more interested in Tractor Pulls than Rams games.

  37. You HAVE to include Kurt Warner. He was the best QB in their history, during a time when they achieved their greatest success.

    So…

    Kurt Warner
    Eric Dickerson
    Merlin Olsen
    Deacon Jones

  38. Merlin, Deacon, Dickerson, Hirsch. Honorable mentions: Waterfield, Van Brocklin, Warner, Cromwell, Tom Mack. Not quite sure why Isaac Bruce is showing up so much.

  39. im going all over the board here but as a rams fan for 48 years I got some obvious ones and I went through the whole list and didn’t see this one hall of famer on any list but ill save him as my 4th this is in no particular order and #4 is really for meritorious service

    #1 eric Dickerson (a joy to watch)

    #2 Isaac bruuuuuuuce !!!

    #3 merlin olson ( he stands for the whole fearsome foursome) and was a great announcer too

    #4 tom mack hall of fame guard played 13 years for the rams played in all 14 games every year the first 12 seasons and when they went to a 16 game schedule he played in all 16, 184 games played 0 games missed all for the rams elected to pro football hall of fame in 1999 not a sexy pick but a grinder thanks for reading

  40. Warner
    Bruce
    Deacon Jones
    Erik Dickerson

    MIKE MARTZ!! He coordinated the most impressive offensive season ever, what he did with the greatest show on turf was magical

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