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    Top 10 Rams Rookie Seasons (Will Bradford Crack The List?)

    As we enjoy Sam Bradford's rookie campaign, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the best rookie seasons ever by Rams.

    Here's my Top 10 List (let me know if I've missed any):

    1. Eric Dickerson (1983): 1,808 yards rushing, 404 yards receiving, 20 TDs. One of the top rookie seasons ever by any player, and clearly the best rookie campaign for a Ram.

    2. Dick “Night Train” Lane (1952): His 14 interceptions as a rookie still stands as the NFL record for a single season.

    3. Jerome Bettis (1993): 1,429 yards, 7 TDs, 4.9 ypc. People rarely associate Bettis with the Rams, but, once upon a time, he was a stellar rookie wearing blue and yellow.

    4. Merlin Olsen (1962): Started string of 14 consecutive Pro Bowls as a rookie. Won Rookie of the Year award.

    5. Isiah Roberton (1971): Started 12 games and had 4 interceptions. Won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    6. Torry Holt (1999): 52 receptions, 788 yards, 6 TDs. Capped off season with 100+ yards and a TD in the Super Bowl. Not a bad start to a great career.

    7. James Laurinaitis (2009): 120 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions. Became the instant leader of the defense.

    8. Tom Newberry (1986): Started 14 games as a rookie on an offensive line that helped Eric Dickerson run for over 1,800 yards.

    9. Pisa Tinoisamoa (2003): Though injuries ultimately derailed a promising career, Pisa had a very good start with 80 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 sacks as a rookie.

    10. Kevin Carter (1995): Carter immediately became a starter and registered 37 tackles, 6 sacks, a forced fumble and a safety as a rookie.

    While its too early to put Bradford on the list, I'd say he has a chance of cracking the top 5 or 6 if he continues to play as he has in the past few weeks.


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    Re: Top 10 Rams Rookie Seasons (Will Bradford Crack The List?)

    He'll certainly pass your #8,9,and 10 selections.

    Try to picture what our team would look like if Feeley had started all of our games this season and Bradford was assigned the clip board duty.

    Let me be the 1st to cast a vote to have SAM BRADFORD on that list!

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    Re: Top 10 Rams Rookie Seasons (Will Bradford Crack The List?)

    I could see him having the third best rookie season as a Ram.

    Great stats will not be the only thing Sam's rookie season will be known for, he almost single handedly lifted this franchise from the depths of the NFL to a potential division champion.

    Start of a great era of Rams football!

    And hey you never know, if we win the Super Bowl- that will launch him straight to the top of the list!

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    Re: Top 10 Rams Rookie Seasons (Will Bradford Crack The List?)

    I dont think anyone will ever pass Lane and Dickerson.

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    Re: Top 10 Rams Rookie Seasons (Will Bradford Crack The List?)

    He should make it into that list, as long as he doesn't implode the rest of the year.

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