With the Rams relocation back to Los Angeles, St. Louis became the first city to have lost two NFL teams that have relocated to the Western United States. Arguably the best all-purpose back in NFL history, Faulk could slash through defenses as a ball carrier but was also a gifted receiver. Not so with Stan Kroenke, who many feel misled St. Louisans about his intentions and then trashed the region on his way out of town. Two-time league MVP, Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, and three-time Pro Bowler. Shortly after the Rams left, the Raiders also left to move back to Oakland, where they had last played in 1981. But the Rams, the league, and other NFL teams may have an even larger Thanos-like challenge in avoiding a hefty financial settlement with parties from St. Louis. The Rams plan to play in a new stadium in Inglewood, California, due to open in 2020. After an all-American senior year at Mizzou, Wehrli started as an NFL rookie and became a fixture in the Big Red secondary, playing 193 games with 40 interceptions. Dallas Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach claims the term "shutdown corner" originated as a description of Wehrli, a Hall of Famer and seven-time Pro Bowler. 54) as a shark who brought down runners like they were swimmers in "Jaws" — it was sudden and hurt a lot. And now, enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But he wasn't done yet. 21 in photo above, during the 1974 playoff game at Minnesota), • General manager: Charley Armey (2000-05), • Owners: Georgia Frontiere (1995-2008; shown above with coach Dick Vermeil and the Lombardi Trophy). Bill Bidwill wasn't an ideal owner — far from it. St. Louis has been the home of four National Football League (NFL) franchises. St. Louis started 1985 3–1, but finished 5–11, leading to the termination of coach Jim Hanifan after six seasons. Long before he became an accomplished broadcaster, Dierdorf made six Pro Bowls and the NFL's all-decade team of the 1970s. Many St. Louisans say it was the loudest sporting event they've ever attended.  Both Jacksonville and Baltimore later got NFL teams of their own (in Baltimore's case, it was a return of the NFL) when the Jaguars began play in 1995, and the Ravens started in 1996 respectively. Chicago Cardinals owner Violet Bidwill had married St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner in 1949, two years after inheriting the team from her late first husband, Charles Bidwill. A No. A college running back at Missouri, Jones was switched to linebacker by Al Davis in Oakland. It's the first time Bruce has made the finalist list; the third time for Warner. With the possibility of the playoffs expanding and interests to grow the league internationally, the NFL needs to see in a business sense the "low hanging fruit" that St.Louis has to offer instead. He played both outside spots and the middle for the Big Red. The press and league fans began to call the team the "Cardiac Cardinals". All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. The Cardinals shared Sportsman's Park with the baseball team. In nearly a half-century of NFL football in St. Louis — first the Cardinals (1960-87), then the Rams (1995-2015) — there were more losses then wins. $14.99. [clarification needed] Their first home game in St. Louis was at Sportsman's Park against the New York Giants on October 2, 1960. Moreover, with competition from the nascent American Football Leaguelooming, NFL owners quickly concluded that their established league needed to maximize its geographical footprint t… The professional American football team now known as the Arizona Cardinals previously played in St. Louis, Missouri as the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1987 before relocating to Tempe, Arizona in 1988. Some excellent players, such as running back Ottis Anderson, defensive end Robert Quinn, and place-kicker Jeff Wilkins did not make the first team. The controversial touchdown against the Redskins under a full moon sparked the Cardiac Cardinals to a 20-17 victory in overtime. Post-Dispatch sportswriters Jim Thomas and Ben Frederickson present their all-time St. Louis pro football team (first published on STLtoday.com in 2018). Get the latest news & specials delivered to your inbox. With the city of St. Louis having begun construction on the new domed stadium that they had discussed in their expansion bid, Orthwein was set to leave New England at the end of the 1993 season. Four-time Pro Bowler is now awaiting induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A 4–1–0 start to the 1965 season evaporated into a 5–9–0 finish. Orthwein did not want to own the team if he could not move it, and Kraft initiated a hostile takeover that resulted in his purchase of the Patriots in 1994. The team's first NFL game was on October 7, 1923, and it ended in a 0–0 tie as they played on the road against the Green Bay Packers. On March 13, 1960, the league's 12 owners unanimously approved the move of the Cardinals to St. Louis, ending their 62-year history and 40 NFL seasons in Chicago. Chicago Cardinals owner Violet Bidwill had married St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner in 1949, two years after inheriting the team from her late first husband, Charles Bidwill. Smart and physical, he never made a mental error and was an "unbelievable" drive blocker according to former coach Jim Hanifan (next to Dierdorf, above). St. Louis finished 1983 at 8–7–1, including victories over the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks, who lost to the Raiders in the AFC championship game; the team also lost in meetings between the two NFC Championship game participants, the NFC champion Washington Redskins and their opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. Timmerman (second from right, above) did that and more as one-half of the "Doughnut Brothers" tandem with center Andy McCollum. In the franchise's first playoff game since 1948, St. Louis took an early 7–0 lead against the Minnesota Vikings in Bloomington, Minnesota, but a missed field goal just before halftime sapped the Cardinals' momentum. But Wilkinson, who had been out of coaching since retiring from the Sooners following the 1963 season, could not turn the Cardinals around. The Cardinals won the NFC East again in 1975, but were again locked out of playing at home in the first round – the playoff format had been changed during the 1975 offseason to ensure that the two division champions with the best records in each conference earned home field advantage in the divisional round – as it happened, the Cardinals were the lowest-seeded NFC division champion. Printed from TeamRankings.com - © 2005-2020 Team Rankings, LLC. One of the ultimate "out-of-nowhere" stories in NFL history. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. The All-St. Louis NFL team In nearly a half-century of NFL football in St. Louis — first the Cardinals (1960-87), then the Rams (1995-2015) — there were more losses then wins. When it became obvious that the Cardinals could no longer hope to compete with the Chicago Bears, a move to St. Louis seemed to make sense. The heart of this squad was the prolific trio of quarterback Neil Lomax, wide receiver Roy Green, and running back Ottis Anderson. But he never really wanted to leave St. Louis. The NFL conducted a survey of St. Louis, and concluded that it was capable of supporting a team. His legacy includes the drunken-driving fatality he was responsible for as a rookie. The veteran of 16 years spent his first four as a hard-hitting, snarly Ram who enjoyed stirring the pot for an underrated defense. Moreover, with competition from the nascent American Football League looming, NFL owners quickly concluded that their established league needed to maximize its geographical footprint to maintain its dominance. A free spirit, and an outspoken critic of team management, he made four Pro Bowls. Here was how Jim Thomas covered that game. But St. Louis collapsed down the stretch, losing December games to the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Washington to finish 8–5–1 and out of the playoffs.