This truly is a new era in St. Louis Rams football. Jeff Fisher takes the job, turns over the roster and his message to the youngest team in the NFL is come to work and have fun. The win Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome was extremely exciting. Rams’ fans were wearing the Fisher mustache and witnessed a competitive, aggressive Rams team playing with a major chip on their collective shoulder and like the Lions’ game the week prior, they took the field with the mindset that they were supposed to win the game. The last time the Edward Jones Dome was rocking with that much energy dates back to October 30, 2011 with the 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints.
On Victory Monday, where most winning NFL teams get the day off, the Rams wasted no time. They were in the film room learning from their mistakes, working to get better in the class room and went through a walk through practice. While concentrating and turning their focus towards the Chicago Bears, several Rams players took time out to help kids’ dreams, and in this case wishes, come true in a very special night that they won’t forget. Thirty plus Rams players attended the 17th Annual Celebrity Server Dinner Night of Wishes, which was held downtown at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. The support for this great cause was overwhelming by the attendance of Rams’ fans that joined the players in making wishes come true.
Rams’ linebacker James Laurinaitis served as the host of this great event for the third consecutive year. Players like Sam Bradford, Chris Long, Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Danny Amendola and several others wore aprons and were responsible to greet each table where hundreds of fans and kids sat. The players signed picture cards, footballs and jerseys. The fans tipped them with cash or checks, and all donations went towards a great cause. There was a live auction where thousands of dollars were raised as well as a silent auction that Rams’ players donated items to.
Despite battered bodies, swelling and major soreness from Sunday’s game against the Redskins, these players took time to give back to the community in order to make several wishes come true for sick kids in the St. Louis area. I witnessed and enjoyed a night were people came together to help people led by the St. Louis Rams organization, led by the host James Laurinaitis and his teammates.