LA Rams: Norm Van Brocklin still holds the passing record
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin #11 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the Detroit Lions on November 1, 1953 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Rams defeated the Lions 37-34. (Photo by Vic Stein/Getty Images)
As a Rams quarterback, he completed 1011 passes for 16,114 yards with 118 touchdowns. Van Brocklin was purely a throwing quarterback, as most were during the time of his play. As such, he ranks fourth on the Rams all-time passing yards list.
Football from the 1950’s era has the reputation of being the in-the-dirt, grind-it-out type of football. While everybody was running to daylight, the Rams were throwing the ball. Van Brocklin had a historical day on September 28, 1951.
The Rams were hosting the New York Yank on that crazy day. The Yanks played three NFL seasons, 1949-51. Actually, they played as the Boston Bulldogs in 1949 and moved to New York for the 1950 season.
In that game, the LA Rams jumped out to a huge lead, 34-0. Van Brocklin threw three touchdowns passes of 41, 67, and 47 yards respectively. Elroy Hirsch caught the 41 and 47-yard TD passes. Vitamin Smith caught the longest first-half touchdown pass.
The Rams scored 20 more second-half points. Hirsch caught two more touchdown passes from Van Brocklin of 26 yards and one yard. Thanks to their unstoppable aerial assault, the Rams easily won the game 54-14.
On that day, Van Brocklin completed 27 of 41 passes for 554 yards with 5 touchdowns. He threw two interceptions but it really hurt his yardage total instead of the team. His yardage total may never be duplicated.
Van Brocklin holds the NFL record for passing yards in a single game with 554 yards. His performance on that day has withstood the test of time. Matt Schaub and Warren Moon are second with a single game passing yard totals of 527 yards.
Van Brocklin is a member of the NFL Hal of Fame. He coached 13 seasons after his playing days ended, and he was named to the head coach position of the Minnesota Vikings inaugural season in 1961. His record may never be matched or broken even though the NFL throws the ball much more now.
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