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Fearsome Foursome (American football)

The "Fearsome Foursome" was a title first used in reporting American football, when referring to the dominating defensive lines of the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League in the early 1960s, the New York Giants, and most widely, the Los Angeles Rams of the 1960s and 1970s.

New York Giants

In the 1957 season the New York Daily News, a major New York city tabloid, ran an article and sketches of the New York Giants' line consisting of ends Andy Robustelli and Jim Katcavage, and tackles Rosey Grier and Dick Modzelewski and a headline that read "A Fearsome Foursome."

San Diego Chargers

The nickname "Fearsome Foursome" was first regularly used to describe the DE-DT Henry Schmidt. At the time Gross and Ladd were two of the largest and strongest men in Professional Football. The Chargers' Foursome helped them reach the first two American Football League Championship games and five altogether, winning the AFL Championship in 1963 with a 51 - 10 thumping of the Boston Patriots.

Detroit Lions (1962)

The nickname "Fearsome Foursome" was later used to describe the 1962 Detroit Lions line of Roger Brown, Alex Karras, Darris McCord, and Sam Williams.

Los Angeles Rams

Still later, Roger Brown replaced Grier in 1967, and Diron Talbert replaced Brown in 1970. Also in 1970 Coy Bacon replaced Lamar Lundy.

The line was ultimately broken up when George Allen became coach of the Washington Redskins in 1971; Talbert and Jones left in 1972, with Talbert following Allen to the Redskins, and Jones going to the Chargers for two years before eventually reuniting with Allen himself on the Redskins in 1974. Bacon left in 1973. After missing the playoffs from 1970–72, the Rams won seven straight division titles from 1973 to 1979, which remains an N.F.L. record. Those Rams teams were led in part by The Fearsome Foursome.

This line consisted of ends Jack Youngblood and Fred Dryer, and tackles Merlin Olsen and Larry Brooks. Youngblood and Olsen are NFL hall of famers while Brooks made the Pro Bowl 5 times. Dryer also made the Pro Bowl once, and set an NFL record with 2 safeties in one game vs. the Packers. Olsen, who played with his brother Phil Olsen for 4 seasons from 1971-1974, retired after a 15 year career at the end of the 1976 season. He was replaced by Mike Fanning.

The line was documented in NFL Network's A Football Life.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Dunnavant, Keith (2011). Bart Starr: America's Quarterback and the Rise of the National Football League. Thomas Dunne Books. p. 212.  
  2. ^ "NFL Network's A FOOTBALL LIFE to Return 9/12". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

External links

  • The Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers' Fearsom Foursomes
  • NFL Films about the LA Rams Fearsome Foursome
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