This Day in Football: February 28

Mike Counos, Tales from the Vault, This Day in NFL History

On February, 28, 1959 the Chicago Cardinals traded nine players to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for future Hall of Fame halfback Ollie Matson.

Rams general manager Pete Rozelle acquired Matson by trading away Ken Panfil, Frank Fuller, Art Hauser, Glenn Holtzman, John Tracey, Larry Hickman, Don Brown along with a second round draft pick and a player to be delivered during training camp.  Matson played four seasons for the Rams.  In 1972 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s a look back at Matson and the famous trade for him, as originally presented in Week in Review.

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