Some of notable players from the St. Louis Rams are in North Texas this week for the Super Bowl hoopla. Besides, Sam Bradford, his fellow rookie and blind side protector Rodger Saffold was in town along with MLB James Laurinaitis.
They're participating in the media frenzy, but they will not be attended the game. Couldn't get tickets? Unlikely. Tired of football for the year? Definitely not.
No, Laurinaitis won't be attending the Super Bowl until the Rams are playing for the Lombardi Trophy.
I won't go to the game until I'm playing in it.
An impressive stance, no? Both JL and Saffold spoke highly of the team and their teammates, oozing confidence about the direction the Rams are headed.
Take this along with Bradford's statement the other day that he's practicing no matter what happens this offseason. It's a sign that Spagnuolo's emphasis on high character players is paying off. 1-15 carried some growing pains and this season's tantalizingly close brush with the playoffs are all part of the formula. The Rams will be a competitive team next year and for the seasons beyond that because of this nucleus of players.