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Jackie Slater makes a tackle — and then another

Jackie Slater makes a tackle — and then another

Oct. 28, 1979: Los Angeles Rams offensive right tackle Jackie Slater brings down New York Giants linebacker Brian Kelley in an unorthodox tackle.

New York Giants linebacker Brian Kelley had just intercepted a Pat Haden pass that bounced out of the hands of Rams receiver Preston Dennard when he was brought down by Los Angeles Rams offensive right tackle Jackie Slater. The Rams still lost, 20-14. The photo above by Andy Hayt appeared in the Oct. 29, 1979, edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Seven-time pro bowler Slater played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He retired after the 1995 season. His jersey, No. 78, was also retired by the Rams. In 2001, Slater was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With a 9-7 record, the 1979 Los Angeles Rams won the NFL West title. They advanced to Super Bowl XIV, losing 31-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For more, check out this photo gallery: L.A. Rams in Super Bowl XIV.

Earlier in the 1979 season, Hayt also took the image below of another Slater-involved tackle.

Sep. 2, 1979: Los Angeles Rams Jackie Slater and Cullen Bryant turn Oakland Raider Charley Phillips upside down after Phillips intercepted a pass by Pat Haden. Raiders won 24-17. This photo was published in the Sep. 3, 1979 Los Angeles Times.

Sept. 2, 1979: Los Angeles Rams Jackie Slater and Cullen Bryant turn Oakland Raider Charley Phillips upside down after Phillips intercepted a pass by Pat Haden. The Raiders won 24-17. Credit: Andy Hayt / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1993: Los Angeles Rams Jackie Slater holds up a ball from his 246th game, which then was an NFL record. Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Anaheim Stadium. Slater played in 259 games and retired after the 1995 season.

Nov. 28, 1993: Jackie Slater of the Los Angeles Rams holds up a ball from his 246th game, which then was an NFL record. Slater played in 259 games and retired after the 1995 season. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

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