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1957 Los Angeles Rams rookies

1957 Los Angeles Rams rookies

Aug. 11, 1957: Back from All-Star game in Chicago are Los Angeles Rams rookies from left: Paige Cothren of Mississippi, Del Shofner of Baylor, George Strugar of Washington, Jack Pardee of Texas A&M and Jon Arnett of USC. On ground is Lamar Lundy of Purdue, who is awaiting arrival of his uniform and size 16 shoes.

This Art Rogers photo appeared in the Aug. 12, 1957, Los Angeles Times. Times staff writer Paul Zimmerman reported on the rookies:

All the pro football experts were in complete agreement in Chicago after the All-Star game that the Los Angeles Rams came up with the cream of the inter-collegiate crop in the draft on the basis of the play demonstrated in Friday night’s game with New York.

Just look at the list of names and remember that no less an expert than George Halas of the Chicago Bears was convinced the All-Stars would have won except for the downpour.

Jon Arnett was everything the young Trojan star indicated in college. With his running and pass catching he was the top total ground gainer for the collegians.

Del Shofner, the Baylor halfback, did all the punting and averaged 41.2 yards under trying conditions with a soggy ball. Coach Curly Lambeau says he can be a great defensive back if the Rams can’t find a place for him offensively.

Paige Cothren, the big Mississippi fullback, certainly demonstrated his field goal kicking ability with two successful kicks. He missed another attempt from 33 yards.

Lamar Lundy, the towering Purdue end, didn’t have a chance to show his pass catching ability to the best advantage, but he impressed everyone with everything else he did. Don Paul, the ex-Ram who set up the All-Star defenses, says that Lundy, in addition to being big, is extremely fast.

John [Jack] Pardee, the Texas A&M linebacker, was a star on defense and Washington’s George Strugar played an outstanding game at tackle. …

All these rookies had successful National Football League careers.

Arnett played with the Rams until 1963 before finishing his career with the Bears. He played in five Pro Bowl games. In 2001, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Shofner played wide receiver with the Rams until 1960, moving to the New York Giants. He was a five-time All-Pro.

Place-kicker Cothren played for the Rams for three years. In 1967, he became the first player signed by the expansion New Orleans Saints.

Defensive end Lundy became an original member of the “Fearsome Foursome.” He retired in 1969.

Pardee played 15 years in the NFL, 13 for the Rams, then became a coach. In 1986, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Defensive tackle Strugar played with the Rams until 1961, finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.

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