Jack Youngblood, an All-America from the University of Florida, was the 20th player selected in the first round of the 1971 draft by the Rams, he made his presence felt almost immediately.
Youngblood was a three-time winner of the Dan Reeves Award given to that team’s most valuable player each season.
Youngblood 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.
One of Jacks 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.
Jack 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.
Youngblood was the Rams' defensive captain during his career.
During Jack's tenure, the Rams played in five NFC championship games and they advanced to Super Bowl XIV following the 1979 season.
Youngblood divided his playing time with Fred Dryer and then took over as the starting left defensive end in his third campaign in 1973.
Jack played in seven straight Pro Bowls following each season from 1973 to 1979.
Youngblood was All-Pro in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979 and All-NFC seven times.
Youngblood was a dominant defender and the Rams’ perennial quarterback sack leader.
In 2001, former teammate and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Merlin Olsen presented Youngblood for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Jack Youngblood's Hall of Fame mural.
Jack Youngblood's bust.