Bob Waterfield's life reads like a Hollywood script. Even his leading lady was a goddess of the silver screen.
Waterfield was an all-American kid from Van Nuys who married his high school sweetheart, motion picture actress and sex symbol Jane Russell. He emerged from near obscurity to play quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams and, in 1951, lead them to their only NFL championship, a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Waterfield remains the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to start and win a championship game, which he did in 1945 for the then-Cleveland Rams in a 15-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. He also won Most Valuable Player honors that season.
Waterfield would later be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and coach the Rams for three years. In 1985, Waterfield was the only player voted to three positions on the Rams' 40th anniversary all-time team by readers of The Times: quarterback, punter and kicker.