CANTON, Ohio — NFL.com conducted a marathon Hall of Fame chat today. And it was quite a punch into the sternum of Los Angeles Rams fans sitting in the NFL.com command center. The list of players chatting was a who’s who of players that made life miserable for Rams fans during the 1970s — Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Rayfield Wright and the architect of it all, Gil Brandt. (What, were there no Minnesota Vikings available to pour salt into the wounds?)
And none of them seem too concerned about contributing to the ultimate demise of the Los Angeles Rams.
Wright admitted that he enjoyed playing against the Rams.
“I always loved to play against the Rams,” Wright said. “And the reason was because of that defense.”
Staubach agreed that it was a great rivalry, with each team claiming huge playoff wins on the other’s home field. The Rams defeated the Cowboys, 21-19, in a 1979 NFC Divisional Playoff game. That was the last game of Staubach’s Hall of Fame career. And an interesting tidbit here, Staubach’s last pass was to offensive lineman Herb Scott.
Staubach took a few moments after his chat to grouse with Brandt about that final playoff loss. Staubach noted that RB Tony Dorsett had a separated shoulder, WR Drew Pearson was hobbling around after injuring himself spiking the football after a touchdown against the Giants earlier, and DT Randy White hurt his instep.
But come on, guys, now you are just being greedy. The Cowboys had two Super Bowl titles, and five NFC championships, while the Rams won one NFC title with their worst team of the decade. Yeah, this was an enjoyable afternoon.
– Adam Rank