By Joe Torosian
Former Los Angeles Rams running back Lawrence McCutcheon turns 72 today.
A third-round pick in 1972 (70th-overall) out of Colorado State, McCutcheon (6-1/205) rushed for over a thousand yards four times (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977) and 911-yards in 1975.
Following an injury-plagued 1978, Wendell Tyler replaced him in 1979. His final highlight as a Ram was a third-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Ron Smith (See Below) in Super Bowl 14 to give the Rams a 19-17 lead.
Dubbed “Sir Lawrence of Los Angeles” by Rams radio announcer Dick Enberg, McCutcheon’s consistency and production were overlooked during the 70s. Some of his contemporaries were: O.J. Simpson, Franco Harris, Chuck Foreman, Walter Payton, Tony Dorsett (1977), and even Lydell Mitchell.
In 1980 he was traded to the Denver Broncos for a third-round pick. That pick was packaged to the Houston Oilers to acquire tight-end Mike Barber in 1982.
McCutcheon’s totals with the Rams are 6,186-yards rushing, 184-catches for 1,683-yards receiving, 35 touchdowns, and five Pro Bowl selections.
Final Note: In 1985, Barber was sent to Denver for a 12th-round pick, which ultimately became Marcus Dupree (1990-1991)—to close the McCutcheon thread.
Last Add: McCutcheon was drafted 70th-overall in the third-round of the 1972 draft. Darrell Henderson Jr. was drafted 70th-overall in the third-round of the 2019 draft.
Really Last Add: McCutcheon threw a touchdown pass in Super Bowl 14 to wide receiver Ron Smith. Ironically, former Rams cornerback/return specialist (1968-1969) Ron Smith died on June 2, 2011, at the age of 70.
June 2 is Lawrence McCutcheon’s birthday.
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