Bob Waterfield

As a player

  • Cleveland / L.A. Rams (1945-1952)

As coach

  • Los Angeles Rams (1960-1962)
  • 2 × Pro Bowl selection (1950, 1951)
  • 5 × All-Pro selection (1945, 1946, 1949-1951 )
  • 2 × NFL Champion (1945, 1951)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player Award ( 1945)
  • NFL 1940s All- Decade Team
  • Back number 7 is blocked by the Rams

Robert " Bob" Stanton Waterfield ( born July 26, 1920 in Elmira, New York, † March 25, 1983 in Burbank, California, United States) was an American Football player and coach. He has played quarterback in the National Football League ( NFL).


Waterfield joined after his high school graduation at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1943 he was won with his team the championship of the Pacific Coast Conference. In 1944 he was taken by the Cleveland Rams in the fifth round of the NFL Draft at 42 point. The following year, he moved the team to Los Angeles. After the 1952 season, he finished his playing career.

With the Rams Waterfield twice won the NFL championship. 1945 were beaten 15-14 in NFL playoff, the Washington Redskins, 1951, the Cleveland Browns were inferior with 24:17. In the first game Waterfield could throw two touchdown passes in the second game put the Rams Norm Van Brocklin as a quarterback, Waterfield is also been a good kicker and punter, scored a field goal.

1945 and 1946 Waterfield threw the most touchdowns all NFL quarterbacks, he was able to achieve a total of 97 touchdowns passes and 13 touchdowns Walk itself during the regular season. Furthermore, with him are 60 scored field goals to book.

After his playing career Waterfield was from 1960 to 1962 Head Coach for the Rams. He could, however, never connect as a coach to its players achievements.


Waterfield was married to the movie star Jane Russell, whom he had met in school. The marriage was from 1943 to 1967 and was divorced. The couple adopted three children. Waterfield died of respiratory failure. His burial place is not known.


Waterfield is a member of the NFL 1940s All- Decade Team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1945, he was MVP of the NFL season. He was elected four times to the All -Pro twice and played in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. His shirt number 7 will no longer be awarded by the Rams.