, St. Louis (PressExposure) May 05, 2009 -- The St. Louis Rams have played in the NFL for quite some time; however, they have only played in St. Louis for a short time as they relocated from Los Angeles in 1995. Even though the franchise enjoyed some success in Los Angeles, going to one super bowl as NFC Champions in 1979, they did not become a Super Bowl champion until they moved to St. Louis. The St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl for the 1999 season and were dubbed the greatest show on turf due to their impressive offense.
The team began to turn the corner in 1997 when they hired legendary coach Dick Vermeil to take over the struggling franchise. Vermeil who had considerable experience at taking over poor teams and rebuilding them got to work early and started to change the losing culture that had been associated with this franchise for so long. The team was led by Wide Receiver Isaac Bruce and Offensive Tackle Orlando Pace. They had two franchise players that they could build the team around and before the 1999 season they traded for All-Pro running back Marshall Faulk and felt they had a running back that they could build the offense around. However, in the preseason, a devastating injury to quarterback Trent Green had fans thinking that all of the work had been for not. However, a quarterback by the name of Kurt Warner would come in and take the league by storm. Just years earlier Warner had been bagging groceries and now he was on the big stage in the NFL. The team rallied behind Warner and he responded by posting one of the best seasons ever recorded for a quarterback.
The 1999 St. Louis Rams scored an unbelievable 526 points during the 1999 season, which earned them the nickname, "The greatest show on Turf" which referred to their high powered offense and they played indoors at the Edward Jones Dome. The team was definitely a passing team and was seen by the stats that receivers Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, and Marshall Faulk. Even though Faulk was a running back, he had over a 1,000 yards receiving due to the effectiveness of Warner to be able to throw perfect screen passes for his all-pro running back. During the 1999 season, the team led the league in passing yards, yards per attempt, passing touchdowns, and total offensive yards. Kurt Warner just had a magical season winning the 1999 NFL MVP due to his ability to move the ball down the field effectively; he ended the season with a 65% completion percentage which is almost unheard of for a quarterback who threw as often as he did. Marshall Faulk also had a dream season by setting the record for most offensive yards in a season with 2,429 yards. He is also one of only two players to ever have a 1,000 rushing yards and passing yards in a season.
Led by Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner, the team was able to complete one of the greatest turnaround in NFL history. In 1998, the team went 4-12 and finished last in their division, however in 1999; they went 13-3 and had the league's best record. The team was able to wrap up their magical season with a Super Bowl win against the Tennessee Titans. This was the first Super Bowl title for the franchise and to this day is still remembered as one of the best turnaround teams in the history of the NFL.