BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOX) – Members of four St. Louis County American Legion posts gathered in Ballwin on Super Bowl Sunday for a different kind of remembrance ceremony.
Instead of talking military memories, they said goodbye to pro football in St. Louis, “In the 21 years that the St. Louis Rams existed, their record was 145 wins and 229 losses. So, we had some good years and a lot of ‘other’ years,” said 10th District Sr. Vice Commander Mike LeBlanc.
Before holding a retirement ceremony for a few Rams pennants and flags, some attendees mentioned their favorite player or moment.
“I think D’Marco Farr was a player that had great talent, but he played above what God gave him.”
“My son just retired. He was career military. During his deployments overseas we would Skype and talk about the Rams.”
“My favorite player was Isaac Bruce, but my favorite play was when Ricky Proehl caught that pass in the back of the end zone to send us to the Super Bowl.”
Two attendees chose to distinguish between St. Louis Rams owners Stan Kroenke and Georgia Frontiere.
“It’s unfortunate that we got stuck with a new owner (Kroenke) that didn’t give a hoot about what’s going on and was only thinking about his pocket. He knew all along that he wasn’t going to keep them in St. Louis.”
“She (Frontiere) was always down on the field at the end of the game. That’s the kind of owner a team likes to be a part of. She was out there supporting her guys.”
Mike LeBlanc tells KMOX the posts are still collecting no-longer-wanted St. Louis Rams clothing from “former” fans. He says they’ve already taken-in 2200 items – some of which will be given to local needy and homeless veterans locally – others will be sent to posts in Los Angeles for a similar outreach.
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