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Pro Football in the 1970s - Sports History Network EPISODE 17, 11th January 2021
The 1979 Los Angeles Rams Were A Living Soap Opera

The 1979 Los Angeles Rams Were A Living Soap Opera

Pigskin Past is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Your Favorite Sport's Yesteryear.


Perhaps no other team throughout the entire decade of the 1970s in the NFL was as hard to figure out as the 1979 Los Angeles Rams. They had suffered throughout the year with injuries to many of their key players. In fact, a total of 19 of their players had injuries during that year, many of which kept those players out of action for much of the season. They were soundly defeated by the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New Orleans Saints. What is even more incredible about this Rams team is that they were able to win enough games to make the playoffs, even though they were akin to virtual NFL nomads. They were soon to be evicted! Their lease with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would run out at the end of the year, and they would be moving to nearby Anaheim to begin the 1980 season. 

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PIgskin Past is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below.

The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade

The Year the Packers Came Back: The 1972 Resurgence

America's Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier