NORM VAN BROCKLIN

NORM VAN BROCKLIN

Class of 1971
Quarterback >>> 6-1, 190
(Oregon)
1949-1957 Los Angeles Rams, 1958-1960 Philadelphia Eagles

Norman Mack Van Brocklin ... Oregon All-American, 1948 ... Rams' No. 4 draftee, 1949 ... Led NFL in passing three years, punting twice ... Career mark: 1,553 completions for 23,611 yards, 173 TDs ... 73-yard pass gave Rams 1951 title ... Passed for 554 yards one game, 1951 ... Generalled Eagles to 1960 NFL crown ... NFL's Most Valuable Player, 1960 ... Selected to nine Pro Bowl games ... Born March 15, 1926, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota ... Died May 2, 1983, at age of 57.

Norm Van Brocklin was a standout quarterback for 12 seasons in the National Football League, the first nine with the Los Angeles Rams. Then he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958 and, within three years, the “Dutchman” had guided the Eagles to the NFL championship.

Without a doubt it was his finest performance in a brilliant career. One of the most colorful and competitive individuals that pro football has ever seen, Van Brocklin blazed a sometimes stormy, but always eventful path in his dozen campaigns as an active player.

Norm left the University of Oregon, where he still had a year's eligibility remaining, to join the Rams in 1949. The only problem, from Van Brocklin's standpoint, was that the Rams already had one future Hall of Fame quarterback in Bob Waterfield.

The net result was that two great quarterbacks had to share passing duties for a few seasons, a situation that any great competitor, which Norm certainly was, couldn't be expected to accept with any enthusiasm. Still, Van Brocklin won the NFL passing title in both 1950 and 1952, even though he was playing only half of the time on offense. He added a third passing championship in 1954.

His greatest day as a passer came in 1951 when he threw for a record 554 yards against the New York Yanks. It was also in 1951 that Van Brocklin threw a 73-yard pass to Tom Fears that gave the Rams a 24-17 victory over the Browns and the only NFL title the Rams had won since moving to Los Angeles.

In Philadelphia he was given a free hand at running the offensive show, and behind his leadership the Eagles won the NFL title in 1960. Thus, the “Dutchman” was the only man to defeat a Lombardi-coached Green Bay team in championship game play.

Year Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int.
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1949 Los Angeles
8
58
32
55.2
601
6
2
111.4
4
-1
-0.3
0
1950 Los Angeles
12
233
127
54.5
2061
18
14
85.1
15
22
1.5
1
1951 Los Angeles
12
194
100
51.5
1725
13
11
80.8
7
2
0.3
2
1952 Los Angeles
12
205
113
55.1
1736
14
17
71.5
7
-10
-1.4
0
1953 Los Angeles
12
286
156
54.5
2393
19
14
84.1
8
11
1.4
0
1954 Los Angeles
12
260
139
53.5
2637
13
21
71.9
6
-10
-1.7
0
1955 Los Angeles
12
272
144
52.9
1890
8
15
62.0
11
24
2.2
0
1956 Los Angeles
12
124
68
54.8
966
7
12
59.5
4
1
0.3
1
1957 Los Angeles
12
265
132
49.8
2105
20
21
68.8
10
-4
-0.4
4
1958 Philadelphia
12
374
198
52.9
2409
15
20
64.1
8
5
0.6
1
1959 Philadelphia
12
340
191
56.2
2617
16
14
79.5
11
13
1.2
2
1960 Philadelphia
12
284
153
53.9
2471
24
17
86.5
11
-13
-1.2
0
Career Total
140
2895
1553
53.6
23,611
173
178
75.1
102
40
0.4
11
 
Year Team
G
Punt
Yds.
Avg.
1949 Los Angeles
8
2
91
45.5
1950 Los Angeles
12
11
466
42.4
1951 Los Angeles
12
48
1992
41.5
1952 Los Angeles
12
29
1250
43.1
1953 Los Angeles
12
60
2529
42.2
1954 Los Angeles
12
44
1874
42.6
1955 Los Angeles
12
60
2676
44.6
1956 Los Angeles
12
48
2070
43.1
1957 Los Angeles
12
54
2392
44.3
1958 Philadelphia
12
54
2225
41.2
1959 Philadelphia
12
53
2263
42.7
1960 Philadelphia
12
60
2585
43.1
Career Total
140
523
22,413
42.9

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