TOM MACK

TOM MACK

Class of 1999
Guard >>> 6-3, 250
(Michigan)
1966-1978 Los Angeles Rams

Thomas Lee Mack. . .Rams’ first round draft pick, second player overall in 1966 NFL draft. . .One of only two rookies on veteran-laden team. . . Earned starting role as rookie and held left guard position for next 13 seasons. . .Extremely durable, never missed a game during 184-game career. . .Named to 11 Pro Bowls. . .All-NFL five times. . . All-Western Conference once, All-NFC eight times. . .Born November 1, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Although he played at the relatively obscure position of left guard on the offensive line, Tom Mack gained a lion’s share of attention during his 13 star-studded seasons with the Los Angeles Rams from 1966 through 1978.

He never missed a game during his 184-game tenure, a consecutive game streak third in Rams’ history behind only Jack Youngblood and Merlin Olsen. During the years that Mack played, the Rams enjoyed 12 winning seasons in 13 and compiled a .720 won-lost record (129-48-7). They won their division eight times and wound up in four NFC championship games.

The Los Angeles team was loaded with outstanding talent but Mack, as the youthful leader of an excellent offensive line, was one of the most honored of all Rams. The 6-3, 250-pound Mack earned the first of 11 Pro Bowl invitations after his second season in 1967. From that year through his final 1978 campaign, Tom missed earning a Pro Bowl spot only following the 1976 season. At the time of his retirement, his 11 Pro Bowl games ranked him in a third-place tie with Bob Lilly and Ken Houston among those with the most appearances in the post-season classic. Olsen ranked first with 14 Pro Bowl appearances and is followed by Jim Otto with 12. Mack was also all-pro or All-NFC nine times in a ten-year span from 1969 through 1978. As was the case with the Pro Bowl invitation, he missed All-NFC acclaim only in 1976.

An All-America at Michigan in 1965, Mack was the No. 1 pick of the Rams in the 1966 NFL Draft. Tom, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 1, 1943, was one of only two rookies to survive the entire season on George Allen’s veteran-dominated squad. Tom got a starting chance in the fifth game when starter Don Chuy was injured. Mack moved into the lineup the next three games, then relinquished the role briefly to Ted Karras before grabbing the starter’s job again. He remained the Rams’ starting left guard for the next 12 years.

Year
Team
G
1966 Los Angeles
14
1967 Los Angeles
14
1968 Los Angeles
14
1969 Los Angeles
14
1970 Los Angeles
14
1971 Los Angeles
14
1972 Los Angeles
14
1973 Los Angeles
14
1974 Los Angeles
14
1975 Los Angeles
14
1976 Los Angeles
14
1977 Los Angeles
14
1978 Los Angeles
16
Career Total
184

Championship Games

1974 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10
Mack started at offensive left guard for the Rams.

1975 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 37, Los Angeles Rams 7
Mack started at offensive left guard for the Rams.

1976 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
Mack started at offensive left guard for the Rams.

1978 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 28, Los Angeles Rams 0
Mack started at offensive left guard for the Rams.
 

All-Pro: 1970 (PW) • 1971 (NEA) • 1973 (PW) • 1974 (PFWA, PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1969 (HOF, PFWA, NEA) • 1970 (PFWA, NEA) • 1971 (PFWA) • 1972 (AP, NEA) • 1973 (AP, PFWA) • 1974 (AP) • 1975 (PFWA, NEA)

All-NFL: 1969 (UPI, NEA)

All-NFL Second Team: 1968 (UPI, NEA) • 1969 (AP, NY)

All-Western Conference: 1969 (SN)

All-NFC: 1970 (UPI, SN, PW) • 1971 (AP, UPI) • 1972 (AP, UPI, SN) • 1973 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) 1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) • 1975 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) • 1977 (UPI, SN, PW) • 1978 (SN)

All-NFC Second Team: 1976 (UPI) • 1978 (UPI)

(11) – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979

Rams’ records held by Mack at the time of his retirement following the 1978 season

• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 184
• [Tied 4th] Most Seasons Played – 13
• [4th] Most Games Played, Career – 184

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1966 Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 (3rd)
1967 Los Angeles Rams 11 1 2 (1st)
1968 Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 (2nd)
1969 Los Angeles Rams 11 3 0 (1st)
1970 Los Angeles Rams 9 4 1 (2nd)
1971 Los Angeles Rams 8 5 1 (2nd)
1972 Los Angeles Rams 6 7 1 (3rd)
1973 Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 (1st)
1974 Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 (1st)
1975 Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 (1st)
1976 Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 (1st)
1977 Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 (1st)
1978 Los Angeles Rams 12 4 0 (1st)

Full Name: Thomas Lee Mack
Birthdate: November 1, 1943
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Cleveland Heights (OH)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 30, 1999
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 7, 1999
Presenter: Ken Iman, former Rams teammate  
Other Members of Class of 1999: Eric Dickerson, Ozzie Newsome, Billy Shaw, Lawrence Taylor

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 184 games
Drafted: 1st round (2nd overall) in 1966 by Los Angeles Rams
Uniform Number: #65

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