Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid Talks About The ‘Fearsome Foursome’ and Growing Up a Rams Fan

by Jennifer Shea

In a new video clip from NFL Films, National Football League coaches are sharing who their all-time favorite players are. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid cited the famous Fearsome Foursome as the influence that drew him into football.

How Reid Got Into Pro Football

“I was a big Rams fan growing up,” he said. “The Fearsome Foursome, man, those were my guys… I wasn’t a coach at the time. I was a kid. But it looked to me like they played every down like it was the last down.”

“They seemed to love what they did,” he added. “They captured the city. And they were different. They were different than the stars. It wasn’t the stars that they were talking to, it was the general public out there. It was me, just a kid.”

Later on, Reid said, “I got to meet some of the guys. Got a chance to have breakfast with them, which was unbelievable.” 

That clearly remains a fond memory to this day. Without the Fearsome Foursome, Reid might never have followed a career in football.

“I was a huge fan,” Reid concluded. “Got me into pro football.”

Among the Greats

The Fearsome Foursome consisted of Rosey Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones. They were the starting defensive line of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s.

Together, the Fearsome Foursome made it nearly impossible to score on the Rams. In 1967, they saw only 196 points scored on them over the course of 14 games, according to Bleacher Report.

The Fearsome Foursome took their place in history alongside the Purple People Eaters from the Minnesota Vikings and the Steel Curtain from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As for Reid, he has his own disciples, ESPN reports. Some analysts have even compared him to an artist. They say that, like the Fearsome Foursome, he’s among the greats.