Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2001

Jack Youngblood Defensive End. Los Angeles Rams 1971-'84. The facts: Played in 202 games during 14-year NFL career. ... Backed up superstar Deacon Jones at left end as rookie before becoming a regular in his third pro season. ... One of NFL's most rugged, determined and durable players. ... A dominant defender, Rams' perennial sack leader. ... Played in 201 consecutive games, a Rams record. ... Missed just one game in 14 years. ... Was Rams' defensive captain. ... Fractured left fibula in '79 first-round playoff game, was fitted with a plastic brace, then played every defensive down in the NFC title game and Super Bowl XIV. ... Played in five NFC championship games. ... All-Pro in '74, '75, '76, '78 and '79. ... All-NFC seven times. ... Played in seven straight Pro Bowls from 1974-'80. ... Three-time winner of Dan Reeves Award, which is presented to the Rams' MVP. ... Will be presented by former Rams DL Merlin Olsen. Joel Buchsbaum says: "Youngblood to me was the all-time warrior and competitor. You just couldn't get this guy off the field. He'd play in a game with a broken leg. He was one of the great, underrated defensive ends in the game. He never really got the publicity he deserved. But in the annals of Rams football, aside from Deacon Jones, he probably was the best defensive end they ever had."

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