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Bob Waterfield
Bob Waterfield 1943.jpg
Jersey #(s)
Born July 26, 1920(1920-07-26)
Elmira, New York
Died March 25, 1983 (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
Year(s) 19451952
NFL Draft 1944 / Round: 5 / Pick: 42
College UCLA
Professional teams

Playing career

Coaching career

Career stats
TD-INT 97-128
Yards 11,849
QB Rating 61.6
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Robert "Bob" Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player.

Waterfield attended Van Nuys High School, in Van Nuys, California and went on to play college football for UCLA. During his senior year at UCLA, he married actress Jane Russell, and led the Bruins to the Pacific Coast Conference football championship. Waterfield's Bruins lost 9-0, in the 1943 Rose Bowl to the University of Georgia.

Waterfield then began his NFL career with the Cleveland Rams with their 5th pick in 1944 in the NFL Draft. He started immediately and was taken in quickly by fans, becoming the first ever rookie to win the league’s Most Valuable Player and unanimous All-NFL choice. Waterfield ended the season with the NFL Championship game in 1945 where he threw touchdown passes of 37 and 44 yards as the Rams beat the Washington Redskins 15-14.

In 1946, the Rams moved to Los Angeles where Waterfield split quarterback jobs with Norm Van Brocklin. Behind this duo, Los Angeles played in three straight title games, 1949-1951. The Rams won it all in 1951 with a 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns in the title game.

In a 1948 regular season game, the Rams were behind the to-be-champion Philadelphia Eagles 28-0. Waterfield managed to rally the team for a tie on four late touchdown passes.

In the 1950 divisional playoffs, he was unable to practice due to a severe flu he had endured. However, he came off the bench anyway and threw three touchdown passes in a 24-14 win over the Chicago Bears.

In his first four seasons, he intercepted a career total of 20 passes. As a punter, he had a 42.4 yard average. As a place kicker, he had 315 successful PATs and 60 field goals.

Overall, Waterfield was best known for his ability to throw the deep ball. He led the NFL in passing in the 1946 and 1951 seasons, ending with career totals of 814 completions, 11,849 yards and 97 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965 as a Cleveland/LA Ram, and died on March 25, 1983 at the age of 62.

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Preceded by
Albie Reisz
Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Norm Van Brocklin
Preceded by
Sid Gillman
Los Angeles Rams Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Harland Svare
Preceded by
Frank Sinkwich
NFL Most Valuable Player
1945 season
Succeeded by
Bill Dudley


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