On June 12, 1952 the Dallas Texans traded the rights of linebacker Les Richter to the Los Angeles Rams for 11 players. Richter was selected second overall in the 1952 draft by the New York Yanks but the team folded soon after. The Yanks’ assets, including the rights to Richter, were given to the expansion Dallas Texans. The Rams then traded 11 players, including fullback Dick Hoerner and defensive back/end Tom Keane, to Dallas for Richter.
The Rams had to wait two years while Richter served in the military before they could see their prize acquisition on the field. It was worth the wait, and the 11 players, as Richter would be selected to eight-straight Pro Bowls and elected into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Hear from Richter and Rams teammates about the trade and his impact on the team, as originally presented in 1999’s NFL Films Presents: