The Rams have FINALLY returned to Los Angeles! For the longest time, Angelinos were forced to jump on the Raiders or Chargers bandwagon if they wanted to support their home state, but not anymore! These are the five most fascinating facts about the returning California NFL team.
1. St. Louis used to be their home city.
To avoid any confusion, the Rams belonged to Los Angeles FIRST, from 1946 to 1994 — before St. Louis stole them away! Yes, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but the Rams moved from LA to St. Louis in 1995, and stayed there until 2015. Now, they’re officially HOME, and currently playing at USC’s stadium.
2. There was talk of the San Diego Chargers moving to LA.
It was the strangest thing that a city like LA didn’t have it’s own football team, and up until recently, there was talk that the San Diego Chargers would relocate due north. For now, the Chargers are staying put, but they do have a deal with the Rams where they will possibly share a stadium in the near future, according to USA Today.
3. Nick Foles is no longer a thing.
Whoever drafted Nick Foles, 27, as their quarterback in Fantasy Football last year, we’re so sorry! He was kind of a let down who didn’t make many touchdown throws, and as a result, he was released, eventually signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. Nick also played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
4. Naturally, the Rams have a rivalry with Oakland.
In a classic case of north versus south, the Los Angeles Rams have a longstanding NFL feud with the Oakland Raiders, and on Sept. 12, the two frenemies will come head-to-head for their first match of the season. Remember, the Raiders used to share the stage in LA during the 80’s. It’ll be the first time they’ve played each other as California teams in 22 years!
5. The new Rams quarterback is from Texas!
That’s right, folks, he’s not an Angelino with LA pride — he’s from Brownwood, TX! “I’m going to have to grow into being – what is it? – a Los Angelino?” Rams quarterback, Case Keenum, 28, joked when talking about his transfer to The Golden State. So far, the Rams have only won one Super Bowl in 2000, but hopefully Case can change that! Jared Goff, 21, was expected to steal the spotlight this season as he was the Rams’ first draft pick, but after a few mediocre performances during the preseason, he found himself as the team’s third-string QB.
HollywoodLifers, are YOU excited that the Rams are back in town?