Los Angeles Rams may be throwing you off balance, but that is only if you have not yet heard that they are moving back to Los Angeles. Although the team has been in St. Louis for the past 21 years, Los Angeles is soon to be posted for a professional football team again, welcoming the Rams back to the sunny California area.
With their new move back, there are some things that you should brush up on about the Rams. This season in a new location could mean new things for the team and make an exciting football season for Rams fans.
- The Rams were originally a team in Cleveland but were moved to Los Angeles following a petition by owner Dan Reeves to the NFL to move the team to the west. Their first stadium was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which seated over 100,000 fans. It was because of this move that the NFL was the original coast to coast sports entertainment industry.
- The Rams were the reason that football became an integrated professional sport. Before the Rams were moved to Los Angeles, football excluded minorities. But there was a regulation in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that said that there had to be at least one African American on any sport that used their facility. So the Rams signed Kenny Washington in 1946 as the first African American on their team, adding Woody Strode as their second in the same season.
- Because of some strange regulations before World War II, there were no professional teams allowed to play in Los Angeles before the Rams moved there in 1946. There were the Los Angeles Buccaneers, but they were not actually allowed to use Los Angeles as their home turf, even though the team was comprised of Californian players and used the name.
- The Rams had the best offense in the NFL in the early 1950s, winning the NFL Championship Game in 1951. Wide receiver Elroy Hirsch held a remarkable 1,495 receiving yards with 17 touchdowns. It was because their success coincided with the beginning of home televisions that the Los Angeles Rams quickly rose in popularity, allowing people to watch their games from the comfort of their own home without the cost of having to purchase a ticket to see the game live.
- After moving to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams performance really began to struggle. They did win the championship in Super Bowl XXXIV and they made it to the Super Bowl in XXXVI, but overall, their performance over the past two decades has been weak at best.
- After the Rams moved to St. Louis, Los Angeles was not successful in finding a replacement professional football team to fill in the void made by the Rams. There had been the talk of moving some other professional teams there, including the Seahawks, the Browns, the Bengals, and even the Buccaneers, but nothing came of it. In fact, the Bengals, Buccaneers, and the Seahawks all used the vacancy in Los Angeles as a form of leverage to have their own stadiums built locally, improving their own home field without having to leave.
- It was announced in 2016 that the Rams would be moving back to Los Angeles for the 2016/2017 season. They have approved a new stadium, set to be called the City of Champions Stadium, but it has not been built yet. As a result, the Rams will be returned to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where they had played so many hundreds of games in the past. The Coliseum has been recently used for the USC Trojan college football team, so it is not like it is out of working order.