Hall of Famer Jackie Slater enjoyed a 20-year NFL career that started off as a 3rd round draft pick of the LA Rams in 1976. A 3-time Southwestern Athletic Conference All-Star at Jackson State, he became a starter for Los Angeles during their 1979 Super Bowl run. In Super Bowl XIV it was noted that he kept Steelers great LC Greenwood from registering a sack. In 1980 he was a major part of a Rams Offensive line that gave up just 29 sacks. Again, as a starter in 1983 the Rams line surrendered a league low 23 sacks while paving the way for Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s record setting rookie year of 1808 rushing yards. Jackie Slater continued a primary reason for Dickerson’s success while he was with the Rams. In 1989 he had one of his most memorable games of his long career when he kept Eagles great Reggie White in check during the Rams victory over Philadelphia during the NFC Wildcard playoffs. Arguably one of the most dominant defensive lineman at the height of his career, White could only manage a single sack and but 4 tackles during the game.
He retired in 1995 after 20 years in the NFL and 211 games started. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.