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St. Louis Rams: The Greatest Hugs on Turf

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After several years of losing seasons, you’d think St. Louis Rams’ players would need a hug. And they do...but not necessarily to comfort one another after a loss.

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"You can’t wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug."  That’s what I, and Author Unknown, always say.  Deep stuff, I know.

On January 30, 2000, after winning Super Bowl XXXIV, two Rams embraced for the first time in franchise history [don’t bother looking for earlier dates].  After that hug of pure jubilation, Rams players, coaches, and fans have continued to hug for one reason or another.  Have a look at a few of the more memorable ones...

There are times where one man hugs another out of pure joy…like at the culmination of a long, hard-worked, Super Bowl winning season.  "Is that a Lombardi Trophy in your pants are you just happy to see me?"

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I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase someone’s "ears are burning."  It’s as real as anal fissures. Luckily, burning ears can easily be cured with the cool, minty fresh breezes of wide receiver Ricky Proehl...

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"Psst.  Psst!  Hey man, we’re about to go 2-14, and I could really use a hug.  I’m just gonna place this hand on your right shoulder, and on the count of "3" swing around front for the full thing. 1...2..."

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Tough one.  One of these players is really enjoying this hug.  The other, sadly, does not. Just look at the half-assed embrace. Sam is happy that Danny just got home from school.  Danny wants to go outside and shoot G.I. Joes with a Daisy air rifle.

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The Commish hug.  All Rams’ 1st round selections [and there have been a lot of them lately - Thanks Redskins!] get one.  It’s nothing special...unless you’re Dontari Poe.  And if you are Dontari Poe you get upgraded from the hug to the eskimo kisses.

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And when you aren’t a 1st round selection, you hug your loved ones.  This is a solid embrace, unlike the "I’m dumping you effort" from Amendola.  Also, no tricks….potentially Lombardi pants, though.

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Variety.  That’s what this hug is all about. When you’re long-time friends with someone, a standard hug requires a lil churching up….some flair.  Check out Williams’ form here, as he gives Fisher a good ‘ol fashioned titty tickler.

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Congratulations!  You've just won the "throwback jersey" game of 2013 against Tampa Bay. And with three sacks on the day, you’re our prize winner!  Come over here and get a hug from this suspect, mustachioed cop from the 1980’s.

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You ever hugged someone so damn hard that you wish you had a mouth guard?  Of course you haven’t. But rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald has.  In fact, he did so last week, after Robert Quinn sacked Russell Wilson.  Oh, and the Rams beat the Seahawks. Just sayin...

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Just how do you hug?  Any special tricks or secrets you can share with Rams Nation?  And if you had just one chance...one shot [queue 8 Mile soundtrack]...to hug your favorite Rams’ player, who would it be?