Without Orlando Pace, there may not have been a “Greatest Show on Turf.” The massive tackle blocked for three consecutive NFL MVPs (Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner) and was crucial during the St. Louis Rams’ stretch of dominance in the early 2000s.
“Having Pace on the edge was deadly, especially with Faulk coming around that edge. His protection played a great role in "The Greatest Show on Turf" ensemble both in the run and the pass.” - Brian Parker
“Orlando Pace and Marshall Faulk on the same team in Madden NFL 03 was borderline unfair. When Faulk wasn't terrorizing the flats, he was following Pace pancakes to gridiron glory.” - Shaun Mason
Running plays were straightforward with the Rams in Madden NFL 2003: find where Pace was blocking, and run behind the 6’7 giant.
“The originator of the “Pancake Block” was a one man wrecking crew on the offensive line for the Rams. With Pace at left tackle, you knew that quarterback Kurt Warner was going to have time to make the big throws and keep the chains moving. The best way to use Orlando Pace was to call a counter weak run play and watch him clear a path for Marshall Faulk. What was the best way to get around him? Call an overload blitz and bring the heat off the edge. The downfall to that strategy is that you were asking Faulk to cut back and gash you.” - Casey Mosier
Pace took home a ring from Super Bowl XXXIV, and was named to the Pro Bowl 7 times and the All-Pro team 5 times.
“Pace was the catalyst on a line which opened up holes for Madden's duel threat monster, Marshall Faulk. Pace had superior pancake ability, allowing Faulk to have his way with Madden defenses. An absolutely unstoppable force.” - Corey Andress
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