JACK YOUNGBLOOD

JACK YOUNGBLOOD

Class of 2001
Defensive End >>> 6-4, 247
(Florida)
1971-1984 Los Angeles Rams

Herbert Jackson Youngblood III. . .Rams’ No. 1 draft pick, 1971. . .Became starting left defensive end, 1973. . . Rugged, determined, durable. . .Played in team-record 201 consecutive games. . .Suffered fractured left fibula in 1979 first-round playoff but played every defensive down in title game, Super Bowl XIV. . .Played in five NFC championship games. . . All-Pro five times. . .All-NFC seven times. . .Played in seven straight Pro Bowls. . . Born January 26, 1950, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jack Youngblood, a 6-4, 247-pound All-America from the University of Florida, excelled for 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams from 1971 to 1984. As the 20th player selected in the first round of the 1971 draft, Youngblood made his presence felt almost immediately.

He did so well as a backup to superstar Deacon Jones at left defensive end as a rookie that the Rams traded Jones before the 1972 season. Youngblood divided his playing time with Fred Dryer that year and then took over as the starting left defensive end in his third campaign in 1973. He played with distinction at that position the rest of his 202-game career.

Youngblood, who was born January 26, 1950, in Jacksonville, Florida, was rugged, determined, a dominant defender and the Rams’ perennial quarterback sack leader. He played in a Rams’ record 201 consecutive games and only missed one game in 14 seasons, that one miss coming in his final year in 1984.

The Rams’ defensive captain, he was a three-time winner of the Dan Reeves Award given to that team’s most valuable player each season. Youngblood was All-Pro in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979 and All-NFC seven times. He played in seven straight Pro Bowls following each season from 1973 to 1979.

During his tenure, the Rams played in five NFC championship games and they advanced to Super Bowl XIV following the 1979 season. In a first-round playoff game that year, Youngblood suffered a fractured left fibula. However, he was fitted with a plastic brace and he played every defensive down in both the NFC title game and Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of his most outstanding single-game performances came against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1975 playoff game. Youngblood recorded one sack, one forced fumble, one blocked extra-point attempt and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown.

Year
Team
G
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
1979 Los Angeles
16
1980 Los Angeles
16
1981 Los Angeles
16
1982 L.A. Rams
9
1983 L.A. Rams
16
1984 L.A. Rams
15
Career Total
202
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 2-36; Safeties: 2; Sacks: 24

Championship Games

1974 NFC - Minnesota Vikings 14, Los Angeles Rams 10
Youngblood started at defensive left end for the Rams.

1975 NFC - Dallas Cowboys 37, Los Angeles Rams 7
Youngblood started at defensive left end for the Rams.

1976 NFC - Minnesota Vikings 24, Los Angeles Rams 13
Youngblood started at defensive left end for the Rams. He had three tackles, one sack for 13 yards and one opponent’s fumble recovery.

1978 NFC - Dallas Cowboys 28, Los Angeles Rams 0
Youngblood started at defensive left end for the Rams. He had three tackles, one sack for 1 yard and one fumble recovery.

1979 NFC - Los Angeles Rams 9, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
Youngblood started at defensive left end for the Rams. He had two tackles.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XIV – Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
Youngblood started at left defensive end. He played the entire game with a broken left fibula, suffered in the first-round playoff game. His leg was fitted with a special plastic brace. He recorded one tackle, two assists and one pass defensed.


All-Pro: 1974 (AP, PFWA) • 1975 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW) • 1976 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW) •
1978 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW) • 1979 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1973 (AP, PFWA) • 1977 (AP, NEA) • 1980 (NEA)

All-NFC: 1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) • 1975 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) • 1976 (AP, UPI, SN, PW) •
1977 (UPI, SN) • 1978 (UPI, SN, PW) • 1979 (UPI, SN, PW) • 1980 (UPI)

All-NFC Second Team: 1973 (UPI, PW) • 1984 (UPI)

(7) – 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980

Rams’ records held by Youngblood at the time of his retirement following the 1984 season

• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Played - 201
• [Tied for 1st] Most Safeties, Career - 2
• [2nd] Most Seasons Played - 14
• [3rd] Most Games Played - 202

• 1975 Defensive MVP/Player of the Year (UPI)
• 1970's All-Decade Team

Year Team W L T Division Finish
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)
1979 Los Angeles Rams 9 7 0 (1st)
1980 Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 (2nd)
1981 Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 (3rd)
1982 Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 (14th*)
1983 Los Angeles Rams 9 7 0 (2nd)
1984 Los Angeles Rams 10 6 0 (2nd)
* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

 

Full name: Herbert Jackson Youngblood III

Birthdate: January 26, 1950

Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL

High School: Jefferson County (Monticello, FL)

 

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 27, 2001

Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
August 4, 2001

Other Members of the Class of 2001: Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Mike Munchak, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary

 

Pro Career: 14 Seasons, 202 Games

Drafted: 1st round (20th player overall) in 1971 by Los Angeles Rams

Uniform Number: #85

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