Every week it feels like we are reporting on the loss of a player of the NFL, MLB, NHL or NBA. While this one certainly slipped past us, we still feel inclined to report it. It was announced earlier this month that former Los Angeles Rams running back Jim Bertelsen passed away at the age of 71.
Bertelsen played college football at the University of Texas at Austin.. As a sophomore in 1969, he helped lead the Longhorns to a national championship in the Wishbone option offense, alongside James Street, Steve Worster, and Ted Koy. As a senior in 1971, Bertlesen was the team’s lead ground gainer. In his career at Texas (1969–1971), he rushed for 2,510 yards, averaging 6.1 yards a carry and 33 touchdowns, and also had nine 100-yard rushing games.
Bertelsen was selected in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams with the 30th overall pick. He averaged four yards per carry as a pro, and rushed for 854 yards in 1973.
In other NFL news, it was announced earlier today that the Los Angeles Rams would be back to 100% stadium capacity at the start of the 2021 season. Check out the tweet below from the Rams Twitter account discussing the upcoming season.