As pointed out by ESPN Stats & Info on Sunday, this marks the 25th anniversary since the NFL owners approved the Rams’ intention to move from Los Angeles to St. Louis. Unlike the more recent and slow move of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas, the Rams were in St. Louis that fall and after a sluggish start to their tenure were able to secure a Super Bowl championship in 1999.
On this date in 1995, the NFL owners approve the Los Angeles Rams' move to St. Louis.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 12, 2020
The Rams posted a .424 winning pct from 1995-2015 in St. Louis before returning to LA in 2016.
That win pct was 29th in the NFL over that span, but the St. Louis Rams did win Super Bowl XXXIV. pic.twitter.com/2i6fGGgZwz
Outside of that Super Bowl and a return in 2001, the Rams were often situated in the basement during their time in St. Louis. After making the playoffs in five of six years from 1999-2004, the Rams failed to get to the postseason in any of their 11 seasons in St. Louis and were in third or fourth place in all but one of those campaigns with zero winning records. The Rams relocated back to LA in 2016 after their bid to return was approved by the owners in January of that same year.
The Rams got off to a quicker start following the latest move, reaching the postseason in year two and the Super Bowl in year three.
Originally formed in 1937 in Cleveland, the Rams moved to Los Angeles in 1946, the year after winning the NFL Championship and going 9-1. They won the championship again in 1951, but failed to win a Super Bowl until 1999 despite being one of the most dominant teams of the 70s. Come to think of it, the Rams have been in a Super Bowl in every decade since the 70s, with the exception of the 80s, when they did reach the conference championship twice.
The Rams are hopeful to make their next move, into SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, this fall.