With 80 seasons of history, the Los Angeles Rams are one of the oldest and most storied franchises.
The team spent the 30s and 40s in Cleveland. From there, they departed to the City of Angels, where they delivered gridiron magic from 1946-1994. After playing in St. Louis for 20 years and delivering the team’s first Super Bowl championship, the Rams are returning home to Los Angeles starting with the 2016 season.
No matter where the Rams laid their horn-helmets, throngs of loyal fans have followed the Rams across the country and across the decades.
Walking through history
Returning to LA after more than 20 years, the Rams picked right up where they left off by setting up shop once again in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Football is full of venerated sporting venues, but the Coliseum is especially historic. Since opening in October 1923, the Coliseum has:
- Hosted the first-ever NFL-AFL Championship Game in January 1967.
- Served as the site for two Olympic Games – 1932 and 1984 – making LA the first city in history to do so.
- Various attendance records, including 115,400 fans for a Dodgers game in 2008. At the time, that set a Guinness World Record.
Fans can make themselves a part of history by taking guided tours of the Coliseum. While there’s no field access – which means no practicing your end zone dance – the tour does visit the famed Memorial Court of Honor, which pays tribute to LA’s sports elite.
The star treatment
Given that the team’s made its home in LA for some 51 cumulative seasons, the Rams have their fair share of famous followers. That list includes:
- Ryan Seacrest
- Actor Josh Gad
Grant Gustin – aka TV’s The Flash!
- Holly Robinson Peete
- Colin Hanks
- Actress/model Garcelle Beauvais
Even if they’re not rich and famous, the average fan was just as happy to have the Rams back in LA. At one point, there was a Facebook group working to make the move happen, and it had some 67,000 followers. The power of social media, eh?
Ram and roll
What do the Rams have in common with one of their football neighbors up north, the San Francisco 49ers? How about rock star aspirations. Just as the 49ers have the pop anthem “We’re the 49ers,” the Rams recorded “Let’s Ram It!” back in 1986. There’s quite a few lyrical games on the track, including: “I come from the end, lookin’ for the sack/I don’t stop comin’ ’til I put ’em on their back.” But what makes the song worthy of every Grammy ever is the accompanying music video.
A few players have gone on the record saying they made the song and video knowing full well they lacked certain skills, like rhythm or the ability to distinguish tones. But that’s what makes the song so endearing – a bunch of rough and tough football players cut loose and had a little fun.
More recently, the Rams relied on another song: Diddy’s “Coming Home.” The uplifting anthem was featured in a video celebrating the Rams’ LA homecoming. Sure, it’s pretty fitting and all, but it lacks the grace of “Let’s Ram It!”