ST. LOUIS — The story is cinematic all the way down to its core.
Trent Green was brought in to take the St. Louis Rams, who had only been in St. Louis for four years, to the promised land. A quarterback with the arm and legs to get it done. When a preseason game pass rush ended badly, Green’s leg was no more, and Kurt Warner entered the history books.
The guy had thrown more cans of tomato soup onto grocery store shelves than he had passes to receivers in an NFL game. But he stepped in, picked up Mike Martz’s complex offense and ran with it. He formed an instant alliance with Marshall Faulk behind center and Orlando Pace on the line. Warner looked out and saw easy targets in Issac Bruce and Torry Holt, but Ricky Proehl was also a valuable receiver who caught a certain pass to win a game.
1999 started with high hopes, quickly dissolved into miserable badlands, and then became a historical season. Warner and the Rams won the franchise’s only Super Bowl trophy, defeating Jeff “We are not going 7-9” Fisher’s Tennessee Titans in the big game by a single yard. Oh yeah, Mike Jones shoutout!