Orlando Pace was the first step toward rebuilding the St. Louis Rams, the first key building block to the Greatest Show on Turf. Without Pace, there would have been no Kurt Warner...no Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce burning defenses...no Marshall Faulk double-threat. Good teams, even the ones that pass as much as the Greatest Show Rams did, start with a foundation up front, with the offensive line.
Pace was the first overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. That was Dick Vermeil's first year with the team, fixing the mess left by Rich Brooks, and building the team that would excite fans all over the world.
Pace spent 12 seasons with the Rams, 13 total in the NFL. The wear and tear of the game took its toll in his later years. He's clearly a Hall of Famer. The only argument against him is his health, but that's mostly knit-picking. The man deserves to be in Canton, enshrined as one of the best left tackles to ever play the game.
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