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Seven Former Rams Among 2019 Hall of Fame Nominees

Seven former Rams are included in the 102 ‘Modern-Era Nominees’ for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2019.

The initial list includes former Rams head coach Dick Vermeil, wide receivers Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Henry Ellard, linebacker London Fletcher, defensive lineman La’Roi Glover, and offensive line coach Jim Hanifan.

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Fifteen of the Modern-Era nominees will be presented to the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting the day before the Super Bowl. The 15 Modern-era nominees will join Senior finalists and Contributor Finalists — totalling 18 nominees. 

Anywhere between four and eight nominees can be enshrined on August 3rd. 

HC DICK VERMEIL

One of 11 coaches on the initial Modern-era list, Vermeil boasts a head coaching resume containing two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title. Vermeil led the Rams to their first and only Super Bowl victory in franchise history, defeating the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. 

The Rams, led by Hall of Fame Class of 2017 quarterback Kurt Warner, finished the 1999-’00 season 13-3. Vermeil retired after winning his second Coach of the Year award with the Rams. 

Vermeil returned to football in 2001 as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Chiefs, Vermeil won an AFC West Championship in 2003.

Vermeil also led the Eagles to Super Bowl XV in the 1978-79 season.

WR TORRY HOLT

Holt was a member of Vermeil’s Super Bowl champion Rams in 2000. Holt was drafted sixth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft and posted 52 receptions, good for 788 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season, immediately becoming a leader of “The Greatest Show on Turf.” 

Holt then had an NFL record — six consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving between 2000-2005. He finished his career with seven Pro Bowl selections — all with the Rams — and is second in Rams all-time receiving touchdowns behind wide receiver and fellow nominee Isaac Bruce. 

Holt went on to play one season in Jacksonville after a 10 year run in St. Louis. He finished his career with 920 receptions, 13,382 yards, and 74 touchdowns.

WR ISAAC BRUCE 

A modern-era Hall of Fame Finalist in 2018, Bruce was a fellow cast member of “The Greatest Show on Turf” and was also a member of the 1999 Super Bowl Championship team in St. Louis. 

Bruce was selected in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the then-Los Angeles Rams. He played 14 seasons as a Ram, before playing two seasons in San Francisco to close out his career. Bruce retired in 2009.

Bruce is a four-time Pro Bowler and is the Rams’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions, with 84 and receiving yards, with 14,109. He finished his career with 1,024 receptions, 15,424 yards, and 91 touchdowns.

WR HENRY ELLARD

Ellard was drafted in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft and went on to play 11 seasons as a Ram. Ellard was a three-time Pro Bowler in Los Angeles and was a first-team All Pro in 1984 and 1988. Ellard ranks third in Rams all-time receiving yards with 9,761. 

Following his time in L.A., Ellard played five seasons in Washington and one in New England. He finished his career with 814 career receptions, 13,777 receiving yards, and 65 touchdowns.

After his playing career, Ellard took to coaching. In 2001, Ellard became a wide receivers coach for the St. Louis Rams, where he remained until 2008. Ellard then went on to coach wide receivers for both the Jets and Saints, before leaving the NFL in 2014.

LB LONDON FLETCHER 

The nominee list also includes London Fletcher — another member of the Super Bowl XXXIV champion Rams. A first-time nominee, Fletcher signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 1998, and started in all 16 games of the Rams’ championship season. Fletcher led the Rams in tackles in both 1999 and 2000. 

Fletcher appeared in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001 and then parted ways with the Rams. Fletcher went on to play for both Buffalo and Washington. In Washington, Fletcher was a four-time Pro Bowler.

Fletcher retired in 2013, holding the NFL record for most consecutive games started at linebacker, with 215. 

He finished his career with 2,031 tackles, 39 sacks, 23 interceptions, and 20 forced fumbles. 

DL LA’ROI GLOVER & OFFENSIVE LINE COACH JIM HANIFAN

Defensive lineman La’Roi Glover and o-line coach Jim Hanifan are also included on the initial Hall of Fame nominee list. 

Glover played the final three years of his impressive career with the Rams. The six-time Pro Bowler finished his career with 433 tackles and 83.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Hanifan was the St. Louis Rams offensive line coach from 1997-2002.

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