St. Louis Rams: Tuesday's Rams News and Notes at Noon
Welcome to Tuesday's St. Louis Rams "News and Notes at Noon" the one stop spot for all major Rams headlines and other items of interest for Rams Nation with brief commentary and analysis.
Top 10 All-Time Running Back Lists Include Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk
CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco and CBS Sports senior analyst Gil Brandt released their Top 10 all-time running backs lists yesterday.
Prisco's list included two Rams Hall of Famers, Eric Dickerson (at No. 4) and Marshall Faulk (at No. 9.) Brandt's list had only one Rams running back, Dickerson (No. 7.) Faulk did not make his Top 10, however, he did get mentioned among a stellar group of others who were considered.
Rookie Week Begins With Youth Football Camp
The St. Louis Rams kicked off its' rookie week yesterday with a youth football camp held at Rams Park in the comforts of the indoor, air conditioned football field.
Stlouisrams.com senior writer Nick Wagoner recaps the efforts the Rams rookies made to assist the youth in their football development in this piece.
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Rookie wide receiver Chris Givens stated that this was the first time he had been involved in a camp like this:
This is the first time for me doing this at any point in my life. I have never been a part of any camp like this or anything like that. It’s a great opportunity to be out there and be around the kids and try to help them out a little bit.
The Reason Jovan Olafioye Failed His Rams Physical in February
Long-time NFL columnist Howard Balzer shared an interesting piece today at howardbalzer.lockerdome.com in regard to Jovan Olafioye.
Olaifoye, if you remember, was signed by St. Louis in February, but then failed a physical before the Rams released him. Olaifoye was named the outstanding offensive lineman of the Canadian Football League in 2011 and many other NFL teams had shown interest in the 24-year-old tackle.
According to Balzer's above-linked report, Olafioye says that he stopped taking medication for high blood pressure/hypertension:
I stopped taking my medication. Me, just being young, thinking about the workouts, I thought I would be all right if I just ate right. I thought, ‘I should be good.’ Was I trying to do the right thing, and it turned out not to be the right thing? Exactly. I’m taking my meds now and staying away from things like red meat. I’m eating lots of salads.
Olaifoye is hoping for another shot at the NFL after the upcoming season in the CFL that he will be playing with the British Columbia Lions. He says that he has been cleared by various doctors:
I’ve got three doctors who’ve cleared me. I could get another shot. I’m ready to go.
More Reasons to Admire Steven Jackson
Mike Sando of ESPN offered an interesting article regarding Rams running back Steven Jackson, which you can read here.
The article is somewhat hard to explain but, in a nutshell, it provides even more evidence of the amazing career that Jackson has had in spite of playing on one poor team after another, almost every year, to this point in his career.
Of 87 running backs ranked, Jackson ranked No. 87 with a "weighted" winning percentage of .292. The top spot, interestingly, went to fellow former Rams RB Lawrence McCutcheon with a "weighted" winning percentage of .741.
What's It Like to Be Danny Amendola?
Ever wondered what it would be like to be on the field as Danny Amendola for a day?
Please check out this interesting submission via Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times to get a better feel for a day in the life of the Rams terrific slot receiver.
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