A professional American football team called the Los Angeles Rams competes in the greater Los Angeles area. The Rams are a member of the National Football League’s National Football Conference West division.
In 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, became the first location where the Cleveland Rams football team was established. The group won the 1945 NFL Championship Game before relocating to Los Angeles in 1946 to make room for Paul Brown’s All-America Football Conference Cleveland Browns. As a result, they ended up being the only NFL champions to play in a different city the next season.
The franchise was based at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until 1980, when it relocated to the recently built Anaheim Stadium in Orange County, California. At the conclusion of the 1979 NFL season, the Rams played in their first Super Bowl, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, after the 1994 NFL season, taking on the name St. Louis Rams. Following the 2015 NFL season, the team requested permission from the other owners to return to Los Angeles in time for the 2016 NFL season, and they granted it. Super Bowl LIII featured the Rams, who lost to the Patriots.
The Rams became the second NFL team to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium three years later, when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to claim victory in Super Bowl LVI. The squad boasts the distinction of being the only NFL team to have won championships while playing for three different cities: Cleveland in 1945, Los Angeles in 1951 and 2021, and St. Louis in 1999.
Why did the Rams leave LA?
The Rams arrived in Los Angeles in 1946, but before the 1995 season, the team relocated to St. Louis due to a combination of a split fan base and Coliseum damage caused by an earthquake.